The girl child

evening-shadows
A child is born
A girl child
Parents mourn
For it's a girl child
A financial thorn
Is the girl child
Into a world of brawn
Enters this girl child
A helpless pawn
This precious girl child

From a breast is torn
A little girl child
Into a river at dawn
Sinks the girl child
All love withdrawn
From this girl child

They stand forlorn... 
By the crib of the girl child
And blow a horn
If not a girl child

Let her love
Let her live
Let her learn
If she's a girl child
And she'll love you best
For she is a girl child.
The girl child
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~ Shonali Chinniah in Philadelphia, USA.
1999

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