We have entered the night to tell our tales
Dressed all in black,
Only our eyes and teeth could be seen
Armed with ideas in mind
Darkness was our only hope to find a solution.
So, burning of tyres brought light
And vision to our destiny.
We had been silent for a very long time,
They had forgotten all about us.
It was because our dilemma had been ignored.
We had to remind them, that we are
Still hungry for free basic education.
The generation of our grandparents
Fought for our rights.
Blood was spilled, for us to have
A bright future but yet they still act
Irresponsibly towards us.
The burning desire of reaching our destiny
Has chased away fear
But we know that we would not cross
The night without the company of the police.
After hearing sirens, we ran for our lives.
Gunshots followed with rubber bullets
Grenades had already been thrown at us.
As the youth, the majority had entered the night
To tell their tale, but only the minority remained
To tell our tale.
© Luyanda Mbatha