Dreams of our youth broken

2016-04-06 06:00

I WAS an infant who flourished with lots of laughter

I was a lively child with lots of respect

Today I’m part of the youth with scars on their sleeves, broken dreams and broken promises

Tomorrow I’ll be a part of adults in cemeteries, no hope and no life just a grave to carry

My infant laughter ended when I began to call my mom by her first name

My childhood respect tumbled when I saw my neighbour stoned to death just because he was from the Far East

My youth scars were created by our school teachers who didn’t believe in us, who made a joke of our inability to be as fast as their favourite pupils

These scars were created by our parents who saw us failing and lost hope, gave up on us

These scars were cemented by our leaders who promised us equality when it comes to higher education but congest us in front of those gates and later on tell us that there’s no more free education

These scars were cemented by our leaders who promised us a better life for all but chase us away when we ask about liberty

The dreams of our youth were broken when we heard our president speak of how much change the government had implicated while the only change we saw was the growth of aggressiveness on the minds of our youth

The promises were vague when not just our leaders, but everyone who could have been something to somebody, opted to sit back and watch the youth crumble

Why don’t you hear the youth speak, mourn and cry unless it is of violence, when we ambush the same resources we’re hoping to gain access to?

Why don’t you help our broken youth regardless of my crime credentials, educational credentials and regardless of not obtaining those higher education entry level requirements?

Why don’t you help our youth before we seek the keys to mental institutions, before we flood the graveyards?

These aren’t just the scars on our youth but also our parents who see us surfer everyday

These aren’t just the words to discredit the beautiful work done by our government

But these are the questions for our current leaders. Who will be our future leaders if we are not nurtured now?

And who will our future leaders lead if all the youth end up flooding cemeteries.

Mandla mosia Edendale

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