How do you count 19 girl children murdered?
How do you imagine their broken bodies
folded under beds
left on the side of the road
Tiny bones broken
Hairs pulled out of heads
Milk teeth in blue mouths.
Hands that should have held these children
shook them, took them, bled them, debreathed them.
How do you count to 19?
19 would be the number of goodnight kisses
19 would be the number of times a best song was sung
19 would be the number of the safest house
19 would be a birthday.
19 is not the right number for murdered girl children in the Western Cape since January 2017