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A Little Girl's Secret

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To all the children out there... Childhood should be fun. Have loads of fun!

A Little Girl's Secret - Illustration by Sann Choo

A Little Girl's Secret - Illustration by Sann Choo

A Little Girl’s Secret

Many boys like cars,

Race cars, trains and dinosaurs... Shh!

So do I.

But playing with them in front of friends

Makes me feel really shy.



“That’s a boy’s toy.”

Ollie told me.



Many boys like blue

Blue clothes, blue stuff and blue some more... Shh!

So do I.

Blue is my favourite

There is no reason why.



“That’s for boys.”

Kayden told me.



Is it really okay

To like the things many boys like?

But! But! But!

I am not a boy.



Dolls, bricks, puzzles and sticks

I like them too

But my friends don't see...



And so

I keep this a secret

My special toys at home

Play, only alone...



Till one day

Mama told me

“That’s pretty cool”

And she played with me



Her greys showed her wisdom

Her actions comforted me



Perhaps one other day

I will iron out my thinking



Until then

A secret still it will be

© 2019 Yvonne Teo

Comments

Yvonne Teo (author) from Singapore on February 17, 2019:

Thank you for your kind words. I agree, children should have the freedom to play with and like whatever they want. Colours and toys do not define gender. :)

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 16, 2019:

This is very relevant, especially the way gender has become a very big issue in the media. Girls and boys should have the freedom to play with and like whatever they want. Good poem.