Maria was raped 48 hours ago today
We found this out the hard way
You see, Maria is five years,
10 months and 18 days old
She's less than a metre tall
Barely reaches my hip
Her corn-rowed head is bowed
As her gaze fixes on my knee

For 48 hours Maria didn't speak
She didn't eat
Maria didn't play
Didn't want to leave her bed

Today Maria is on her feet
We watch as she struggles to walk straight
She fights to more