I hope to never bear a daughter

I hope to never bear a daughter
So that I may protect her
In the best possible way I can.
Because how can I possibly
Shield her from the bane
That will stand by her as a fetus
And abandon her upon her first breath?
How can I prepare her for what
She will face?
How can I explain to her that she is damned —
By the very chromosome she inherited from those who condemn her?
I could never look into her eyes,
Convinced of being a good mother-
As I delivered her into a world that I
Cannot protect myself from.

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