Monday, May 4, 2015

Letter To A Young Girl--By Sheri Stanley--United States

Letter To A Young Girl
A Malala Yousufzai Dedication

Dear Malala Yousufzai,
you are such a beautiful child,
gentle and mild
to dream of a world
with pages curled
burning and yearning
to learn, to grow
your passion so deep
so real in sleep
in the heat of day
too excited to play
but to speak for those
who couldn’t say …

In innocence to share a cause
a moral obligation pause
the little child shall lead the way
upon the bus that very day
he called her name and up she got
the coward raised his gun and shot …….

Sheri is an artist, song writer and poet. She is also a graphic and digital book illustrator. A citizen of the United States she enjoys golf and music and quiet evenings at home with her much cherished family. 


  1. I think I know who you are writing about. how tragic. just because she wanted to be educated. the repression of woman ans their treatment in any form is shocking. and as you point out she was only a child. I could feel your compassion and upset throughout this excellently written poem Sheri. very poignant and had an emotional affect on me. thank you for sharing. you expressed yourself very well. best wishes. Pete.

    1. Peter, you such another angel who brings pure joy to another writer. Thank you! Sheri

  2. Interesting poem and it reminds me of the Malala tale... Amazing what a lot of people have to go through in this life that we take for granted.
    I like the simplicity of the poem and the fact that we don't have to dig too deep to find the meaning. Yet, I know that if we dig deep, we will find more meanings. This, and others, leave me smiling. Well done Sheri. Thank you for sharing.


    1. Yes, it should remind you of Malala because it is a dedication to her bravery and her innocence. Sheri

  3. Replies
    1. Yes, yes, it is. For a child to be so brave and so wise.......... where are the rest of us? Sheri

  4. Well done Sheri, such a brave girl, and she did survive to continue her crusade for education of girls and others. Very touching poem that I am so glad to see written.
    Bless you. Robert

    1. Yes, she survived and it only made her more determined to pursue her dreams. Thank you for reading, my friend. Sheri

  5. Yes, Malala is an example to many others; in a few words you give us the main points that made her famous in life, at a young age. Her courage should inspire others. // paul

  6. Paul, the courage of this young girl, in light of the devastation she went through, is so amazing. She is a saint here on earth. Sheri

  7. Hi Sheri...Wonderful poem & reminder of the inner determination, strength & bravery of this young girl Malala...Well written. Best wishes, Chris~

  8. Yes, a girl with such serious and unselfish goals. Thank you for your comments, Chris...... Sheri

  9. Hi Sheri. What an in-depth and intriguing poem. Very well-written and passionate. What a great storyteller you are, as well as a gifted poet. Thank you for sharing your gifts and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  10. Aw, thank you, Reverend. I am so pleased and blessed when you read and comment on poems. Thanks again, my friend. Sheri

  11. thoughtful & thought-provoking, my friend x

  12. Thank you, Jack. I really appreciate your visit.... S

  13. Thank you, Robert Dufresne, for the following--

    I appreciate your tribute to this young girl and all who share in the passions of real life. your poem is true to life as life can be. I enjoy reading your lines. Seeming so simple but giving way to meditation about all our brothers and sisters and our place in this world.

    my favorite lines:
    " to dream of a world with pages curled burning
    and yearning to learn, to grow ..."

    Thank you for sharing it.

    Bob D

  14. The passion is felt within your pen - so well written for all to enjoy...Rhoda

  15. Dear Sheri,

    A poignant poem about a little girl who just wanted to learn it is shocking that anyone could do this to an innocent child.

    Also a belated congratulations on having your book published! Way to go, Sheri!

    All the best to you,

    Love Sandra

  16. Your meaningful poem touches the hearts of every compassionate soul. To all females who continue to suffer, may they find help and peace in the arms of freedom. This is beautiful. Blessings, Connie