When I Became A Teenager

When I became a teenager :
D.D Nthedi

When I became a teenager I learnt to love myself just as I am,I Learnt to look at the mirror smile and share a giggle.

When I became a teenager i learnt to know that I do not need make-up to be beautiful,I learnt to know that I do not need to be any lighter to be thee most pretty.

When I became a teenager I learnt that I am an African,An African woman who is titled as MoSotho.
A woman that comes from the rurals of Free-State and dusty streets of a township in Qwa-qwa.

When I became a teenager puberty struck me from all directions.I found myself with painful growing breasts,Growing nasty public hair,Bleeding from an abnormal place and suddenly boys begged for my attention.

When I became a teenager I thought I knew it all for I started living life like someone with no morals and values.I often found myself going into church daily,I wore thee most longest skirts and covered up all my skin,I wore a doek at all times.

When I became a teenager boys surrounded me all the time,Boys claimed to love me and when I rejected them … They swore at me.They told me to go to the nearest hell – I was puzzle’d because God’s children don’t go there.

When I became a teenager society told me to quit church,Society ordered me to quit the cloths I wore. Society changed me .. I went from church to club. Long skirt to mini skirt.Doek to cap.

When I became a teenager I lost myself.I forgot who I was .. I forgot where home was.I denied being an original African.I started wearing make-up,Skin got lighter,Boys worshiped me,Didn’t know church doors.

When I became a teenager I forgot about home.I forgot the dusty township that raised me up,I forgot the rural place that I loved so much.

When I became a teenager.Society ruined me.

08 March 2015

Poetess Dee

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