lock their past behind doors,
concentrating on today with effort,
heading for the light-streaming front,
disappointing their past disappointments.
discover abilities hidden within them,
elevating themselves with it to their aspired heights,
free in their skies like clouds,
anticipating no fall.
close loop holes on them,
for no entry of thieves again,
allowing no situation
to cut short their dreams.
keep stepping up
on the sky stairs of success,
taking each step with caution,
so that they never slip nor stumble.
lift any heavy weight standing in their way,
throwing it away out of their view,
making a clear path for themselves,
to reach their dreamland.
Andrew Ntchindi Jere is a youthful Malawian poet. His poems have been extensively published in his country’s leading local newspapers, magazines and online publications. His poem, “The Charcoal Maker” was nominated in the 2013 Wisdom Dede Kamkondo Poetry Competition; the most prestigious Malawian poetry competition. He is a second year student at Mzuzu University, Malawi. He believes that God is his source of creativity.