STUDENT’S VOICE With Saikou Suwareh Jabai You are welcome to yet another edition of your weekly Student’s Voice. We feature stories, articles, poems, etc, from students and teachers alike. We encourage other students to contribute and get their writing skills developed. The column is open to all and sundry in the education milieu in of The Gambia. Sit back, relax and enjoy these fascinating pieces. QUOTATION OF THE WEEK “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” -Nelson Mandela BACK WAY Youths patrolling along the rough journey life-risk journey Nerve upsetting journey Rich or die journey. All youths embarking on the rough phase to success Thought lingering in their minds Is ‘back way is the fastest route to success?’ Peer influence being a strong factor A reason among the whole lots of reasons Every being want to be rich And every Tom, Dick and Harry thinks Going abroad is the sole solution to be rich. Despite the death row cases Operation no back up is well alive In the minds of the masses And this frighten people willing To go on trekking the bushes And mountains till the last breath Communities lacking youths Farms lacking youths Work places lacking working and energetic youths All due to this fatal journey A life and death journey. By Lamin Sanneh, HTC 3C Gambia College TEACHING A profession among professions An uneasy profession A path-to-paradise profession An experience-full profession This profession gives birth to presidents This profession gives birth to doctors This profession gives birth to nurses This profession gives birth to ministers This profession gives birth to lawyers This profession is the gateway The passage through which Every being need to be taught-of In order to be knowledgeable To be meaningful in society To be respectable To be a role model A teacher takes a hand Open the mind and touches the heart A teacher should be respected A teacher should be compensated A teacher cannot be paid Only God can pay him Teachers contribute immensely To National Development Because teaching is a noble profession By Lamin Sanneh, HTC 3C Gambia College. THE ROAD The silkiness is the roughness A mouthful spitting A bitter pill to swallow The belly of a craving man opens up Digesting even the hardest Running his feet On the roughest road Blistering the skins As he is woed But not in the eyes of the skies As they cry for him Shed tears Rain and wash away oppression The barley fields grow The doves feed and grow Grow feathers and fly away The era is born The revolutionary is done By Abdou Jallow, Wellingara. NO TURNING BACK If you listen a lot You may get lost Or may stay put Or your heart will pop Or your mind maybe booked With their words If you do good They will try to kill it Making illustrations which don’t fit When you do bad You are the talk of the town While they will never let the cat out of the bag Yes they will keep theirs And spread lies Clean your path Listen to your heart Do what suites you best And be among the rest Who carry golden hearts No turning back When the engine of life is rumbling Don’t listen if they grumble Dreams are only dreams when achieved Life is to gather the best Life is too short But a history which blossoms you will leave behind Tell me you won’t give up Tell me you will drip the sweat were its worth dripping Tell me you will heal when hurt Tell me won’t take to your heels in vain Tell me you won’t step on toes Tell me you well be angelic Tell me you won’t be greedy Tell me I will achieve my aims Tell me I am not frail Never give up if you have a vision And a plain mission To make beautiful illustrations in your life And make all your foes agape For you become a star Never turn back Never lose hope Life is bitter and sweet A story you and I can’t predict But its worth trying to be society’s tree A history for the young to consume And make their lives bright Live life using your brain and follow your heart By Maimuna Joof, Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute]]>