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Offering 12 : Little Everests – A POEM A DAY FOR NOVEMBER

by on November 14, 2010

12th November

In identical maroon-collared golf shirts and well-ironed navy shorts

A drove of buzzing six to nine year-olds fill the historical school hall

Falling into line with mother hen educators close behind they greet

An auditorium of adoring faces, some half here, half in other places.

With school anthem sung and introductions done, there’s a shuffling

As relatives of all ages whip out videos, cameras and cell phones

Knowing their little bright sparks will only briefly own the spotlight

A moment in their rapidly changing lives, so easily missed, gone.

One by one , preened and groomed, the youngest make their trek

Up the few somehow giant-sized steps, toward smile and handshake

Before their self-conscious certificate parade across the stage, finally

All lined up , basking in the applause, the trip offstage seems shorter

And so much sweeter.

Inspired by the Grade 1 to 3 pupils of Pinelands North Primary School, Cape Town, South Africa

at their 2010 Foundation Phase Awards Ceremony, 12th November 2010

From → News, Poetry

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