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5x4 MAG

January 3, 2019
By CherryJubilee PLATINUM, Fort Lee, New Jersey
CherryJubilee PLATINUM, Fort Lee, New Jersey
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Five girls x four rows

= twenty students

before a dusty blackboard.


They learn basic mathematics:

85 percent x 3.5 million

divided by 100

= 2.98 million girls

who have never written on paper before,


Or that

24 miles to the closest school

divided by 3.1 mph

= 6 hours of walking

through faded yellow sand.


Chalk rubs against the board,

leaving behind a fresh and sharp

number 4, as 20 thrumming voices

slice through the sharpness of the numbers,

wielding the daggers of 20 pencils

choking in 20 hands.


There is a spring breeze

that flirts with the honey pages

of the shabby books,

20 divided by 2

= 10 books with

pages that rustle and flutter

like paper hearts.

The author's comments:

Education is important, and girls are not getting equal education across the globe. This is a poem bringing light to this often hidden matter and the beauty and strength of young women around the world. 

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