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APRIL OF LEMONS
(Photographs of female circumcise in
Nairobi, Kenya)

Just a razor blade with
Blood dripping and a girl 16
With her head in her hands.
For months the young girl
Would go home terrified
Of this. A celebration, an honor.
No beauty for Seita, just pain
And mutilation. Finally
She is caught. Your girls whisper
About the pain and danger.
The clitoris and part of the
Labia are cut away in
Hopes of keeping a girl pure
Pure for marriage. As the razors
Slit Seit screamed ‘Why are
You killing me? Mom save me!”
In what must have been hours
Seita staggered out of the bush.
She wanted to see what they had
Done to her in the light.

  lyn lifshin