You Scarred Me

I was young

Young at heart

I was in my formative years

Times when I was discovering myself

Like the time of organogenesis to a foetus

So were those times to me

As thalidomide is to the foetus

So was exam malpractice to me.

Oh! How I thought I was loved

Little did I know I was robbed

Robbed of my self esteem

Robbed of my confidence

Like the struggle of a caterpillar before it blossoms to be the butterfly

So was the struggle essential to my glory

As interference with the struggle is lethal to the caterpillar

So was interference destructive to me.

I could have fought it, but I didn’t know better

Would have said “no thanks” to the outstretched arm intending to help

I was carried across the fence, eventually, what a relief

Only to see I was ill prepared to climb the mountain confronting me

I searched within

Alas, I had no tools nor skill in mountain climbing



Why did I let them carry me across the fence?

Would have insisted I be taught how to climb it.

Dear father

Sweet mother

I appreciate all the fish you’ve given me

I wish you also taught me to catch fish

You wish you’d always be there to give me fish

Life has taught me its a mere fantasy

Teach me to catch fish, teach me the process

Allow me to fall

For in falling I learn to walk

Let me pass through the process

Let me stutter

For in stuttering I learn to talk

Let me pass through the process

Don’t be ashamed when my clothes have oil stains

For in that I learn to handle the spoon

Let me pass through the process.

Dear school principal

Most honourable teacher

Refuse to be persuaded when my parents coax you with envelops to promote when I fail

You play a pivotal role in this nation, what becomes of it is your responsibility

For we all pass through you, go on and shape the future you want

Be consumed with the quality of your product

Exam malpractice is a silent thief.

It steals the future

It robs one of confidence

It robs one of self esteem

Stop exam malpractice today.

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