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'Youth Day'

Y - yesterday, we had this bright future
O - owned by us
U - under African Skies
T - they promised us the world, in
H - hindsight it was never theirs to promise

D - daily grace are attained from God
A - and that is the only surety in a world where 
Y - young people are still being used as pawns

In South Africa, we celebrate Youth Day every year on 16 June. It commemorates a pivotal point in our history 16 June 1976 in the fight against apartheid.

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  1. Date: 11/29/2012 6:55:00 PM
    Wilma, this is a great and excellent piece of work. Awesome job! :-)

  1. Date: 10/8/2012 1:36:00 PM
    well written my sister...

  1. Date: 9/21/2012 5:00:00 PM
    yes and I did reply:) You didn`t get it? Hugs and Love,Arild

  1. Date: 8/5/2012 11:46:00 AM proberly have warmer winters then we have in the summerseason up here:) This is a spectacular acrostic by the way, filled with meaning.Hugs and Love,Arild

  1. Date: 7/15/2012 10:49:00 PM
    Wilma, Greetings from Jamaica. Sound message.

  1. Date: 6/22/2012 5:43:00 AM
    It was never theirs to give! Exactly and that is why so many promises go unfulfilled. The pseudo givers boldly promise to give what is not theirs to give in a self absorbed attempt to get what they themsleves want by fooling those who hear it into believing it can be done. .I hate it when you get me to thinking so early in the morning Wilma! My poor little brain! love your poem though,

  1. Date: 6/20/2012 11:43:00 AM
    No worries please, Missy! Me too I only had today to fully just spend some time here ;) -- I'll catch up with you soon ok? I am glad you are able to relax after your hectic day, you deserve some R&R-- me too better sleep in a bit I have a headache now.... mwahugs!! :D and heehee glad to make you smile :)

  1. Date: 6/17/2012 3:42:00 AM
    What a very meaningful acrostic this is, Missy! It really is sad how the youth can be used by pawns-- and thank you for sharing this historic day in SA with us-- This is a very fitting tribute you've written here-- mwahugs!! I hope your weekend is good and do hug your dad A Happy Father's Day for me please! Thanks!

  1. Date: 6/17/2012 12:04:00 AM
    Wonderful message, Wilma. And it is so sad about the youth used as pawns. Thanks for telling us about this for June 16th.

  1. Date: 6/16/2012 9:39:00 AM
    excellent tribute wilma. 2day is youth day and u relighted my passion for the special day.*smiles* ron

  1. Date: 6/15/2012 1:56:00 PM
    remarkable lines of a dynamic culure Wilma luv.. God is the only surety in all things.. very excellent read luv.. hope u are doing well.. we are at beach for Summer now..

  1. Date: 6/15/2012 12:09:00 PM
    A beautiful tribute here Wilma.Love it.Thanks for your inspiring words at my page.

  1. Date: 6/15/2012 11:15:00 AM
    Loovely poem written here Wilma!! Beautiful!!! hugs

  1. Date: 6/15/2012 11:07:00 AM
    touching me no end, wilms... dreams don't die and the new generation has much to live for--- freedom is a birthright... wow!.;) huggs!

  1. Date: 6/15/2012 9:45:00 AM
    "Youth Day"...It`s nice that we can learn something new by reading poems. Like it - well done Wilma. - Have a beautiful weekend. - oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 6/15/2012 7:36:00 AM
    Hullo Wilma. A strong dedication to all of the students who stood up against apartheid....and for all those gunned down on that particular day. Yes, ugly things happened in SA. Unfortunately, up here in Canada, there are still First Nations people who live under apartheid; our government likes to call it something else in the media before attempting to sweep it under the carpet.