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Bee: My Little Neighbor

‘Bee, sit down,’
‘Bee, don’t go out’
‘Bee, don’t run, don’t shout’

All day, the flat next door
Reverberates with the sound of ‘don’t’
Amidst lives Bee… an 8 year old
girl. Thin body, dark hair
With large eyes full of fear.

The girl stands quiet
in the balcony. The eyes,
so full of despair,
stay fixed on the road where

Boys of 6,7, 8,9,10,
play cricket with abandon
Joy. Nobody asks them not to run
or scream, or to slow down.

I see her heave
a deep sigh.
a few yellowed leaves
of a tree nearby
fall on her head, as though
in sympathy. A strong gush of wind
comes and goes carrying
that sigh away. The sun starts setting.

In the ray of pink sun and yellowed leaves
Stands my little neighbor
Free, yet chained.

This evening again, laughter echoed
on the road outside,
and next door,
a childhood got robbed.



jap21's picture

Hi Stella

I love your poem. It is so true. So many times we do not realize this is happening. And so many other times we don´t want to speak about it.

To many Bees are around. Let us make them visible.



Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America

Stella Paul's picture


Dear Jackie

I am not a poet, but of late I have been scribbling what distantly looks like a poetry. Thanks so much for finding it readable and commenting!!! Really appreciate!

It really breaks my heart to see little girls getting caught in the cycle of discrimination- something that they will get more and more embroiled in as they grow up. Different people have different ways to fight that. For me, voicing aloud is what I can do. If we all speak, someday we might be able to save a lot of childhood!

Thanks again.


Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

MaDube's picture

I liked your poem. It carries

I liked your poem. It carries the emotions of many lonely little girls, lost in a cruel world and not knowing what to do for themselves to make things better.

Stella Paul's picture


Thanks my friend! Glad to be connected!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Olubusola's picture

Hi Stella

I like ur profile, you are indeed lucky to survive to tell your story today


Stella Paul's picture


Dear Bussy

Yes, I indeed am a lucky survivor. And am proud of the fact that there are women like you who are listening to these stories and also working to make this world a safer place more women.


Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Hanan's picture

Loved it and touched my hart

Dear Stella,

I loved your poem because I was one of those girls and I see the discrimination cycle everyday and its Just breaks my hart. Now am working to stop this by giving voices to girls in my community to speak out!

Again, Thank you
Hanan Almoghrabi
Amman, Jordan

Stella Paul's picture

So happy!

Dear Hanan
Though it is an injustice, discrimination can also a great binding factor. Its binding you and me and the girls in your community and one day it will bring all the Bees together.

Best for what you are doing! Inshallah, one day you will see the world as you want it to be!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Nusrat Ara's picture

A good one. Keep on

A good one. Keep on writing.

Thanks for sharing.



Thuwaraha's picture


Its really a lovely poem


Stella Paul's picture

Its your love speaking

Appreciation is something everyone isn't good doing at. But you are because you understand.Thanks so much for liking the poem!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

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