A great mass of voices,
Connected in heart and mind,
Crying for free choices,
Why can’t they decide?
Gathered as one against state forces,
Leaders of the young fighting just causes,
Enemies in uniform, fathers killing children,
Is this why they are born?
Is this nation building?
The questions travel through time, line after line,
Why must I learn in your language when you don’t speak mine?
A chorus of God Save the Nation rises to the heavens,
Bullets sing through the air and create roses with perfect petals,
That drip to the dirt,
Mixing with the earth,
But never really quenching her thirst,
Black polished school shoes beat a cloud of dust,
Some hands hold dustbin lid shields, others throw stones,
Child soldiers with cloth face masks,
Acting without their parents, suddenly becoming old,
Through the teargas storm their path is paved with bones,
They reach for the future, for the future is theirs,
In their hands and in the shade of state capture,
What’s education when nobody cares?
Where are the leaders of iconic stature?
Imprisoned for years by oppressive expectations,
They will pay their own price,
When corruption, discrimination and inequality are inherited,
Who will seek good advice?
If it comes from the youth, then nobody is hearing it…