As Matric examinations approach, I keep wondering how the young people are feeling, thinking, reacting, reflecting in all the disappointments we have thrown in their direction. A poem came to mind from long ago by YEVGENY YEVTUSHENKO. I thought I will share.
Telling lies to the young is wrong
Proving to them that lies are true is wrong
Telling them that God’s in his heaven
and all is well with the world is wrong
The young know what you mean
the young are people
Tell them the difficulties can’t be counted,
and let them see not only what will be
but see with clarity these present times.,
Say obstacles exist they must encounter
sorrow happens, hardship happens
To hell with it.
Who never knew
the price of happiness will not be happy?
Forgive no error you recognise,
it will repeat itself, increase,
and afterwards our young will not forgive in us what we forgave in ourselves.
Sharanjeet Shan: CEO