A Collection of Original Poetry by Students of Ladysmith High School

Friday, 28 October 2016

Sonnet 1, "Everything" ~ Uwais Coetzee

Everything of mine belongs to you.
My soul and mind are in your possession
More than once have I made this confession
My love is more vast than the sky is blue
You stuck my heart back together, like glue
These words I wrote down are filled with regret,
Because these words and your ears have not met
My courage is gone when I meet with you.

If only love, with your eyes you could see
If love were visible, you'd be bare
I know how you feel, you do not love me
Although you know I love you , you don't care.
You, alone are everything to me ,
But you found your everything elsewhere.


©  Uwais Coetzee


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Grade 10
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To Be ~ Uwais Coetzee

You and I were meant to be ,
'To love and to hold'
'Till death do us part' I always used to think.
I loved you with every bone in my body
Every organ , every limb
But every time I looked at you ,
You looked at him.
Everything broke within me,
Shattered like glass
I thought 'How could you do this?'
'Do this to me?'
I thought all rivers made it back to the sea.
I was lost, I was gone,
I didn't know what to do.
Didn't know if I wanted to see next week
Or even tomorrow.
People say follow your heart
But if it's broken , which piece do you follow ?


©  Uwais Coetzee

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Grade 10
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Dead ~ Uwais Coetzee

I let my feelings out
Let out all things from inside
Told you everything
My feelings no longer wanted to hide,
Although you could not listen
I still continued to speak
Spilled out everything
Like the dam wall of my heart had a leak.
Right next to you I did kneel
With tears flowing from my eyes
But now it was the time
To say our final goodbyes.
The wood began to creak
As they carried you away
The saddest day of my life
Was your funeral day.
They tapped me on the shoulder
And said "It's time to go",
I looked at them with eyes all red
And said with pain "I know".
The coffin began to lower
As they lay you down to rest
And in every single one of the speeches
They said you were one of the best.
I thought about the tears that flowed
I couldn't keep that thought at bay.
The saddest day of my life
Was your funeral day.

©  Uwais Coetzee

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Grade 10
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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

I Am Me ~ Uwais Coetzee

I am who I am
My thoughts flow like the River Nile
Through the vast maze of my mind
The magical abyss that I is my soul
As deep as the oceans that gill up our world
Are my thoughts,
My feelings,
My innermost feelings,
Writing the eternal test of life
Without knowing what to study
Each day is a challenge,
A new puzzle,
In this eternal labyrinth
Not knowing the end from the start,
Left from right
Life has made me who I am
The challenges have shaped me,
Moulded me into myself
Each day brought a key to be opened
Without giving me the key,
They made me who I am,
I am me.


©  Uwais Coetzee


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Grade 10
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Silence ~ Uwais Coetzee

She told me a story
Without saying a word,
Without uttering a sound,
The room was silent.
No mouth was open,
All words were left unspoken
And yet a story was told
In the blink of an eye,
The tick of a clock
A story as long as any other
She said how she grew up
Without her mother
How she went to school
Without having slept a wink
Because her life at home
Was pushing her to the brink
Over the edge she wanted to slip
To slip into nothingness,
But she didn't give up,
For the sake of her life
She pushed on, persevered
In her never-ending strife.
She said all this without saying a word.
All this was said with silence all around.
This was said when she walked down the aisle,
Walking to me.
With her eyes alone she told me the story
About her past and how now the caged bird is free
And we should all know how powerful the silence can be.


©  Uwais Coetzee


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Grade 10
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The Beginning of the End ~ Uwais Coetzee

The varnished wood gleamed
As if to mock me it seemed
The end was here but I was not crying
No tears flowed from my closed eyes,
But I could see everything
The clothes, the people,
Their faces,
Their tears.
Flowing for me.
The casket lay open so they could see
And people saying, with tears in their eyes
"He's going to a better place"
"He's free"
From this hell on Earth
It didn't even matter that I had finished school,
Or got the highest degree
Today is the beginning of the end,
It's the end for me.


©  Uwais Coetzee

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Grade 10
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Immune ~ Uwais Coetzee

Love, hate,
Fear and pain
All emotion is, is a burden
on people who just want to live their lives
Without the struggles of the common man.
Be yourself, nobody else
Be a you fan
They destroy your heart
Like the lands and erosion
Be like ice, be cold,
Be immune to emotion.


©  Uwais Coetzee

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Grade 10
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Reaching for the Concrete Moon ~ Nishka Ramkhelawan

She descended to her knees
in aspiration,
to bury her feelings
that turned futile
and started bleeding with suppressed emotions.

Immense teardrops leaked from her eyes;
the cumbersome rainclouds in her mind
destructively gyrated in their turbulent nature.

She cried a river,
with livid, tattered currents
silently flowing down her face
onto the isolated soil.

She wanted not to be the last leaf
on a tree before winter began.


© Nishka Ramkhelawan


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Grade 12
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