The Girl With Broken Wings | Sadiya Abdulaziz | Poetry

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The Girl With Broken Wings (Part 1)

I look back at when you were younger
Knowing the things that I do now.

And if I could warn you
I would have told you
To run
In another direction

Maybe then your wings
Wouldn’t be this broken
Your soul
This tired
Your heart
This weary.

Maybe then your smiles
Will be real
Your pain
Your struggles

If I could have warned you
I would have told you
Darkness awaits you
On this path.

There’s broken dreams
And shattered souls
Forceful silence
And tears
So potent
You’re choked by them.

There’ll be moments you question
If the sacrifices are worth it.
Moments you feel
So alone and abandoned
Moments you question
Whether the pain will end.

The Girl With Broken Wings (Part 2)

I look back to when you were younger
Knowing the things that I do now

And if you could hear me
I would have told you
You are strong
Stronger than anything I’ve ever known

Clueless as you are
About the cards life will deal you
Oblivious as you are
About the mountains you’ll have to carry

Vibrant as you are
Before life dealt you a blow
Free as a bird
Before the world clipped your wings

And if you could see me
I would have smiled
Amidst the tears
And held your hands

Because I know
There’s no turning back time
And whatever pain you were given
Your Lord Knew you could bear.

He Didn’t leave you stranded
It’s all a part of His Masterplan
And though it’s not what you wanted
It is your test to carry.

I can only pray
You pass it well
And you’re rewarded with Gardens of Eden
For all that you bore
And all that may come

Now that you can see me
And you can hear me
I want you to know:

“It remains
my dying wish
To see you happy.”

Sadiya Abdulaziz is a Nigerian writer and voice-over artist studying Optometry at Bayero University, Kano.

Lake Adedamola is a poet, writer, and editor with Nantygreens, who's worked with several other literary blogs including Brittle Paper. He has, since 2018, served in various capacities on the Lagos International Poetry Festival, LIPFest, team.

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