the parrot

‘Because … I talk a lot, I fidget a lot. I need to talk about times when I laughed until
my stomach ached, but really wanted to cry.’

I am 17. When I was14, I fell in love with a boy who lived near my house. I was young, I didn’t know things, Ibelieved him. I became pregnant. Our families were furious. His family rejected me and my parents filed a case of rape against the boy. All the village blamed me, they pointed at me when I walked by. Why do they blame a girl and not a boy? I just want this court case to end. I want to study, I want to work, I want a new set of dreams.