Reminiscing on the Nostalgic Moments I notice
The many masks you put on just for us,
Just to make our high school days a little bit more bearable;
The times your brushed off your problems and smiled just for us;
The time you packed your problems haphazardly
Spread on the floor of your mind,
So we could get a laugh out of you;
The times you got in trouble
Just so we could have something to talk about after school
The time you had to walk home alone after detention
Because you were too afraid to tell your Grandmother.
We saw you ease through high school because we didn't know your struggles.
Maybe we're cared too about our fun times that we forgot to recognise your heart aches,
Maybe we saw too many of your laughs and didn't notice your pains,
Maybe we asked too much of you when we knew too little...
Sorry it had to end like this man.
© Ndabazinhle Gumbi