Today is my 16th birthday.
Actually I’m not too sure,
Aunt C ‘celebrates’ the years we’ve been here,
Here at the ‘Liberated Children’s Centre’.
She tells me of my mum
“She was 16 when she brought me
Her grandma’ sent her away immediately I was born
Didn’t have money to take care of two illegitimate kids!
And school could have her no more.”
As for dad, he had to finish his studies,
Only now it had to be, abroad!
John is my best friend
We even have our birthday together,
Only he’s not 16.
He and his twin sister were found in a garbage heap.
Aunt C says their mother had probably been raped,
That’s the situation with such cases:
“How will you look at the children?”
She says it’s easier nowadays
“Abortion was not legal then!”
And it was hard to get rid of unwanted pregnancies
Like me and John were.
Today, it would have been much easier to deal with us.
My mum stopped visiting when she got that job
She said she’s always on call
Working for a rich woman
In a big house in the suburb
They are many of them: young girls, she says.
Most of the time they are receiving guests
And often she has to be with them.
Sometimes they actually get to act.
My ma’ features in real movies!
She might even fly out someday…
John’s Sister Sue
Died two months ago,
She was then living with her new foster parents
Bob and Greg
They took her in about a year ago
Soon after the ‘freedom of marriage movement’ got its way,
And they were equally saddened by her sudden death.
“They gave her all the fatherly love that they could.”
She left behind a month old daughter
I’m sure she’ll get some fatherly love too.
John’s always sneaking out of the centre
He says it’s better out there
He keeps boasting of his two girlfriends.
I tell him polygamy is forbidden.
I read about that in books:
The white missionaries said that to our ancestors.
John says that’s a lie,
One of his girlfriends is actually white.
She likes being far from her family while on holiday
And has promised to marry John
When he turns twenty,
And buy him a house at the beach!
Now Cathy and Susie are here
Aunt C has been telling me about them
They applied to take me to their home
My new home,
Sweet ladies, they are
Just got married the other day
And they felt it’s time to get themselves a child
One who’s not too young to cry at night
One who can walk and take care of himself
One who can do some jobs here and there
And it had to be a boy!
Susie’s been winking at me since they arrived
And Cathy just can’t stop rubbing my back
I guess they can’t wait to take me home
I’m only sad I’ll miss my friend John.