The Sunday Mail
Jnr Senator Tapiwa Bengewa
Gokomere High School, Form 4
Stranded, lonely, shivering
like a reed in a vast, fast flowing river
Afraid of the white men who oppressed them
They stood firm
their hearts never at peace
If one was threatened, the whole nation was
The motto that fueled them to the end of the tunnel.
From a distant place, they watch their offspring
What an ignorant generation we are
Are the liberators of our nation happy with how we act?
Their blood is still flowing from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The lifestyle we are living
Is it the same they contemplated?
The fathers of Zimbabwe are trying to empower the youth,
some of their messages fall on deaf ears
Men are powerless to secure the future;
the youth alone fix destinies of nations
the elders are ageing and If tomorrow comes,
what will our teapot shaped country, Zimbabwe be?
We, united in our diversity
by our common hunger for empowerment,
must open the eyes of our youths who are falling into the pit of ignorance
As we reflect upon the lives of our heroes and heroines,
let us find the bravery, unity and hunger,
that drove the liberators, to raise Zimbabwe from the dust
Let us be united as a family
In Unitate Stamus, divided we stumble.
We the youth, Let us come back to our roots
When the fathers of our nation share their memories of midnight,
They should feel proud of their shed blood.
Thumbs up to those who possess the corridors of power in our government
They have raised initiatives, campaigns, programmes to support the youth
Within the years of hardship, we have suffered,
But above all we have learnt.
Our leaders should walk out of boardrooms and start implementing
Freedom is a package deal; with it comes responsibilities and consequences
Behind those who are shaping the future; are the heroes who forever changed it
As we celebrate the braveness of our liberators
Let us reflect on our lives, judge and act.