Until it fades away
Nothing lasts forever,
Nothing really stays for long,
Today, you may be be singing,
And tomorrow forgetting the lyrics to your favourite song.
Nothing is eternal,
The night eventually turns to day,
Make use of the life you live now,
Before it all fades away.
Make use of the things of this world
Though it may not be enough.
Stone will turn to sand,
And the smooth eventually gets rough,
Vanity lasts not forever,
And our bodies will turn to clay.
But for now, live on!
Live on before it all fades away.
Until it all fades away,
This world and the life we live,
Take a step forward, and, leave behind, the negative,
Take another step and carry a friend,
Before your footprints fade away,
Please continue to the end,
Before your chapter closes, before your life's pages cease,
Read between the lines,
Before your blazing trails freeze.
Until it fades away
Remember it is ok to cry,
OK to live, but, is it OK to die?
It is ok to laugh, and smile if you want,
Before it fades away,
Take a third step and don't say you can't.
I know life can be troubled,
Yes! And totally unfair,
But I know you don't want to die
Nor be left alone to stand there.
Do what you can, continue the journey if you must,
Because it will fade away,
And we will once again become dust.
- Fabian Gabay
Happy Mother's Day
Close your eyes and imagine a world without the love of a mother
When things are hard and we can't seem to find the answers
Just whisper the problems to mama and she would always provide the answers
Whenever we fell down she was the one to lift us high and tell us, "Hush, nuh mind, mi chile."
Learning was always a must, no matter if the cost of the books were sky high
"Work with what you have, my child, better will come in a little while."
When food was short, she never allowed our bellies to rumble
Out of the smallest of flour, she made big dumplings for the community to devour
Is there anything greater than a mother's love for a child?
Even the beatings we got, we can smile about now
The beatings taught us discipline and respect
We had to say "good day" or "good night" to whomever we met
Mother's arms were so comforting, they took all the burden away
Mother's smile was so reassuring that she was the best remedy for my pain
Mother's voice was so powerful that she took all my doubts away
Mother's dress was so dignified she made me know how much I was worth
Mother's messages were so heart-warming, I became an inspiration to others
Mother's prayers were so heart-provoking, I knew the Lord was always watching over me
Mother was so friendly, I never felt alone
Mother was so knowledgeable, millions of books could never provide the wealth of knowledge she bestowed
A mother's love is always with us, no matter how much wrong we have done
A mother's love is always understanding, no matter how unappreciative we have become
A mother's love stretches further than the love of her sons and close loved ones
A mother's love warms the heart of those who never had their very own mother to love and learn from
A mother leads the future with just the powerful words from her tongue
A mother made us the strong men and women we have now become
So with all of my heart, I say thanks to the mothers who have loved us all
I pray for those who bow their heads low because they gave no love to their child
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who lift their heads high
This is my poem of appreciation to all the mothers far and wide.
- Saccheen Laing
Here it comes again,
Like a storm you can always see
School ... it's back, like a tax collector waiting for his money.
A youth like myself would normally be elated for school to reopen,
Over the summer, I would miss my teachers, friends, and lunchtime, too
But I stop looking forward to it because of the cost of school.
"It nuh cheap."
Mama always start bite her nail round August time.
Now, her nail dem nibble down
"Nibble to a stub."
Lunch money and the books, too.
Mama purse usually pon diet round dem time here
And I going first form now,
No more likkle baby books, I hear mama say is $2,500 for one book ...
Is three week lunch money dat, you nuh ... kmt
So, here it comes again
Is not only free paper going burn
Mama savings ah go too
If only we neva have to buy the books, I could have survived
But now, I going start working at Mr Chin's Wholesale
And when I have the money
I send myself to school.
- Tavari Hutchinson
I want to forget you completely
I am sick and tired of how you mistreat me
Callously and without thinking
I feel so defeated
Because I am no longer needed
I want to forget you and free my mind
But you are constantly there all the time
I want to forget you like you never existed
Yet you still haunt me unexpectedly
You keep resisting
I want to forget you and ease my pain
I refuse to continue accepting the blame
I don't regret you
I need to repress you
I want to forget you
- Charmaine Wallace
My paint set
If the sky is grey, what colour should I paint the day?
Some may shout, "Paint it grey! Paint it grey!"
I don't think so, though.
I don't have a grey paint in my set.
I have red or yellow, a bright pink or shocking purple.
Let me look some more ...
Sorry, I see a lush green, and a sky blue and a reddish orange.
Oho! I just found the canary yellow.
My paint set has only bright colours.
Who wants to paint with me?
Come, stand beside me and let us paint the world with bright colours.
It would look beautiful.
You would love it and I would love it, too.
- ImaiRose Nuako