With Saikou Suwareh Jabai You are welcome to yet another edition of your weekly Students’ Voice. We feature stories, articles and poems, etc, from students and teachers alike. We encourage other students to contribute and get their writing skills developed. The column is open to all and sundry in the education milieu in The Gambia. Sit back, relax and enjoy these fascinating pieces. QUOTATION OF THE WEEK “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it,” –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe GO PLACES When answer is needed A question is to be asked When a question came out An answer has to be sought Having a question right And Having an answer right Is our birth right Questions are meant for answers Answers are meant for questions Seeking answers for questions Is a travel We will have to do that With proper will Let us not be afraid of questions Let us not be reluctant to answers Let us have questions Let us have answers Questions are paths Answers are places Let us find the paths Let us go places By Rochishmon THAT FEELING! When you feel all seem to end When you try to crush all the pain in your life You struggle To make ends meet Your destiny you hate That feeling when all the world’s trouble seem to reside in your mind When will all of this cease? The question you never seem to spot its answer When the sun hits the soil There you are as always perspiring under its beam This is life to struggle to live That feeling When you think all you have is rusty And you had to end up in a mess Just to be satisfied Blind with eyes opened wide Yes you did step on toes And create series of foes Life is a book To be thought by knowledgeable elders To the young ones Growing up with the notion “All I wish I must have” Be careful of using the filthy track Be the one with the great heart The great mind And a great life Till the day we all look forward comes That feeling Should not pressure you to do wrong While your brain is strong To tie the strings of society together That feeling Had killed Had separated society Had poisoned minds That feeling The venom that kills society’s growth Yes believe and bear All shall be clear And you shall be among the rare. By Mainuna Joof, Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute IF I WERE YOU I would break all the glasses So to see What is more to life The core of the truth is deviation If I were you I would stop asking Know that the answer is me That I am the problem That I am the solution If I were you I would know that I am the master Master of my time That I am what I make There is no present, past and future But only my being If I were you I would stop living this life Of fearing death I will make tomorrow today I will see no more success or failure So I will live without fear to fail But mind only my sincerity By Abdourahman Jallow Wellingara PROTECT HER She cries in pain and agony Shackles of mare tragedy Abuse by man of cruelty Cut, rape with no sympathy Stains she carries eternally In silence she weeps and grief Holding her pains within Hoping to find relief Forsaken just like a weed Her pride stolen by thieves Living a life of misery Left with a bleak history Slippery, bitterly injury Hell! she deserve liberty Show some bit of empathy No violation, love and protect No castigation, show her respect No mutilation, act I reject She is a treasure jet More like a golden asset Delicate flowers These are future mothers As fathers and brothers Shield them with covers Just like rainbow colours. By Ouskeh Rahman EDUCATE THE FUTURE I listen to the wind I hear the voice of my life The life of my soul The soul of Africa The soul of The Gambia The Gambia of youngsters There smiles glitters Like a guiding light Under the unity colours Red White Blue Green I listen to my silences Painting my imaginations I heard my answers From the sole of my feet Up to the tip of my hair I combed my anger So I couldn’t spill lines Africa suffered enough The Gambia rose Rose from the dust To the castles of real life From the gun’s boom I heard my nation scream From the abyss of dreams Man acting inhuman Radiating trust and hope We are the people The same black people Who scratched from start Sweat like a tired river Rip our muscles like stone Hit the ground like giants We are the same people The same black people That were brutalized Badly marginalized Awkwardly discriminated We are the same people The same black people History takes long At times it rebirth Let your eyes remember So a U-turn wouldn’t dine Excavate the past Educate the future Relate it to the present Innovate the miseries We have had enough Crown the past with Past It’s a new beginning The beginning of the start Starting of the new life Africa’s soul is tired Let discrimination fade Let our Nations stand Let the Gambia smile It’s a new beginning The beginning of a start A start for The Gambia A start for Africa By Lamin Barrow Nusrat Senior Secondary School  ]]>

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