My guest for today is Sandra Oyeku. Sandra resides in Australia, where she is a teacher. She is highly skilled in working with children, something she has been doing for almost a decade.
Sandra is fascinated by the saintliness of a child’s mind yet acknowledges that this innocence doesn’t remain for long, as life quickly starts to teach, to write….and the reality is very different.
I find this piece to be a mixture of the child’s fantasies and the rude reality, which many of us can identify with.
The Outsider Inside
Many would utter
At birth – the way the mind is –
A clean slate with no shades
But these blue skies with no greys
Looking down on pastures –
Dying wilting pastures
Ration what I have to feed on
They gently sap the life in me
Because I – I am right in their midst.
I’m no coward, yet I cower
How long will this servitude be?
Still, I, full of the sun, give smiles
Bountiful, blessed and bright
Need to keep shining my light
That is my demeanour, banner and pledge
So whatever is, whatever comes
I remain grateful
For my purpose I’ll still be thankful
Until all will be again evergreen
As much as hope shall within me glean
I look outside of me
To find me everywhere
And yet still here