Read Poem: Wet Dreams, by Atandi Anyona

Fear blinks endlessly from both her eyes
what kind of soul does this to a child
a love suffocated while still so young
when she sleeps you can hear her dreams cry.

Assigned a mentor exemplary at his work
every teacher recommended him to their class
all she wanted was to be better, to learn, work hard
he pinned her to the dusty chalk board
ripped her skirt and innocence apart.

Her friends dream daily of falling in love
with those tall handsome knights
she can’t stand the sight of a man
can she ever be touched as a wife?

Tonight there’s a knife tucked under her pillow
there’s a feel he’ll appear in her nightmare
she prays she’ll wake in sheets wet with
his blood
she will begin to heal
at last.