She was dangerous.
She threatened them.
She would have put an end to them
And their beliefs.
They had no choice.

She was dangerous.

Her eyes were big,
Her ears alert,
Her mouth and mind unstoppable.
They had no choice.
She was dangerous.
There was only one thing to do.
They covered their faces.
They boarded the bus.
They fired a bullet into her head.
What choice did they have?

She was dangerous.

She was fourteen.
She was a girl.
She insisted on going to school.

I don’t usually write political poetry, but this week’s news was so upsetting, I had to write about it. The Taliban understands exactly what will happen if girls go to school. They will become stronger voices and stronger forces in their societies.
For more information about Malala Yousafzai and the plight of girls all over the world, please see Nicholas Kristof’s editorial,  “Her ‘Crime’ Was Loving Schools.”
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(c) 2012 Elizabeth Ehrenfest Steinglass, all rights reserved

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  1. Author Amok
    Author Amok says:

    Thanks for this post, Liz. Your poem is powerful. I can hear a girl’s voice speaking these lines. I’ve been watching the PBS documentary “Half the Sky.” We have to make the world safe for girls.

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