One Hundred Days

  • for the 200 Chibok girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram 14-15th April, 2014
In the space of one hundred days
what several miracles
might come to pass?
A thousand buds
might burst to bloom,
their fragrance like
a blessing on the air;
a dream or two
come true at last,
or an infant smile
its first real smile;
a girl child grow
to womanhood,
a boy become a man.
In one hundred days love’s
flame might leap from
friendship’s quiet regard.
Or else, with little outcry
but their mothers’
silent weeping
two hundred girls
might be lost.


Abigail Elizabeth Ottley Wyatt is nothing if not a survivor. She has survived first the attentions of paedophiles and then marriage to two abusive husbands, not to mention more than two decades in secondary teaching. Having left teaching in 2004, she now writes poetry and short fiction from her home near Carn Brea in Cornwall. She is passionate about her beliefs and principles and has a reputation for shouting her mouth off. She can be contacted via www.facebook.com/abigailelizabethwyatt/

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