Ceremony of shame

Ceremony of shame

She trembled in anticipation

Dressed in white the perfect bride

She was surrounded by people

Who nodded and who smiled,

They were all apart of creating this ceremony,

Even though she did not want this,

Even though she was under age,

The marriage ceremony and this bond

Had been created well beyond

Her power to control or resist,

She was here Powerless

And if she had run

And if she had hid,

Her family would have paid the price for it,

They would have to live, a life of shame

She could not allow this in her name,

Her groom who was so much older

Went to great lengths to let her know that,

There was no choice

And no way out,

Of this fact she had no doubt.

So married she was, though under age

Another victim of legalised child abuse and no doubt rape,

All of this against her will

No chance to appeal,

Or show her rage

It’s a ceremony of shame.

Via: Daily Prompt: Ceremony

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