Tag: Jesus

Your Beauty

Your beauty is ever before my eyes,
The wind a catalyst for it’s sway,
My eyes behold your excellence,
My mind racing,
It makes my heart pang.

Directs my feet to chase after you,
For ever you are ever before me,
Swaying: left, right and left again!
It leaves me speechless.

At the perfect time, you spring forth,
There’s something about you,
My mind seeks after it,
But I just can’t explain it.

Your light shining before me,
Guiding my paths,
Even while my eyes are closed,
Your beauty is ever before me.

Sam Aig


Beginning At The End

As we gather together,
Looking up to tomorrow
As we close this chapter;
It seems like the end,
But it’s only the beginning,

As you say your goodbyes,
Do not forget the days gone by;
The bad and the good times you shared together
The memories engraved in your lives,

You must move on;
To greater calling and pursuits,
Yesterday is gone
Faced with the tide of tomorrow
Do not forget the foundation you have laid

The struggle and trouble you faced,
Through the storm tossed sea
Tears of Joy sometimes and sadness sometimes
These moments we hold dear

Seeing past the differences in each other
The bond, so strong you formed
A bond that can’t be broken
Remember to keep the bond strong

Now you go your different ways
Writing a new chapter of your lives
You must hold on to the memories.

Never forgetting; as you climb higher,
As you start this new chapter,
To remember your roots.

by Samuel Aigbotsua

The Prodigal Child

The prodigal child was impatient and wanted his share
Spent his money anyhow, throwing it everywhere
But then it soon ran out, and he didn’t know what to do
He decided to work for a farmer, as this is what his carelessness had come to

The prodigal child son realised he was lost
He didn’t know how what he was doing, his feelings got crossed
He was lucky that somebody was by his side all the way
The ‘unseen’ One by his side, every second, every minute, every day

He would wander and wander, wondering where to go
Travelling through the sunshine and through the snow
He walked around for days, questioning his actions
Thinking of his home, and his family’s reactions

Then one day he had enough of all this suffering and remembered home
So he turned away from all his suffering and started to roam
He decided to become a servant for his father, not feeling worthy to be a son
Little did he know about the thoughts of his loved ones

He arrived home and begged to be forgiven, for moving from his familiar location
But he was granted the unexpected, a royal welcome beyond imagination
This was a story that is always told, and has one main moral
God is ready to save you, through all your strife and toil.

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School

Memories – Moments Never Forgotten

Memories are those precious pictures and videos in our mind
We will always remember them; even when the event is far behind
They make us the person we are today, happy or sad,
Often bringing warmth in our hearts and making us glad

They could be amazing memories that allow happiness to bubble up inside of you
Even if it may be as simple as you having a laugh with a friend or two
You may have received an award or won a medal by winning a race
Or being congratulated for a nomination for the Nobel Prize and winning first place!

They could be bad memories, so that when we think of them they make us cry
Whether you fell out with your best friend, or when you found out a close family member died
They can make you mad, or make you feel really guilty
When your sibling annoyed you greatly, or when you remember stealing that cookie!

Then there are the priceless memories of fantastic holidays with your family
Or skipping to the gate as you make your way to your first day at school, grinning happily
Remembering when you became a teenager, feeling both anxious and excited,
And then growing up and getting married, with your partner united.

Memories are moments that we will always remember no matter what
And they will always be a part of us, whether we like it or not
We cherish them, meditate on them, and react to them
And they will keep happening and revolving, more and more to come…

Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School

A time and season for everything

When you came into this ageing world,
With a cry and with wonder, Giving joy to those around you
Let’s take a step back, while you pruned and matured
Within the casing in which you were delivered
With the warmth, life and smiles to those on the outside
I was there.

Coming back a few years after,
When you first crawled, no longer still and motionless,
With laughter sounding all around,
I was there.

Now, you took your first steps,
Said your first words, ate your first meal that wasn’t milk,
Progressing with such grace and speed,
Marvelously embracing the change in this world,
I was there.

Then you went to school with the excitement of your first day,
You met new people just like you, you made new friends,
Then others came along just the way you did, your brothers and sisters,
You were happy, having to look after them with joy,
I was there.

Then you joined the group of teenagers,
You rebelled sometimes, you cried sometimes
Yet you still loved me in your heart,
Showing those around you what it’s like to know me,
I was there.

Now you’re a young adult,
Facing troubles, you never saw coming, but don’t make haste: Stop and think,
Look all around you, look into the past,
Tell me what you see. Don’t you see my goodness in the land of the living?
Do not despair because:
I am with you.

Nature – God’s Creation

Nature surrounds us everywhere we go,
It is all around us, even if we don’t know
What a beautiful sight to behold,
Giving us a feeling that sometimes cannot be controlled

When the sun rises in the morning, whether the weather is hot or cold,
It still gives off purple and red and a golden yellow, showing bold colours
It shines out bright, lights up the sky with defined illumination,
It can blend in with the rain, showing God’s awesome creation

The gorgeous flowers sing songs as they start to grow,
Giving out sweet nectar to the bees, butterflies and insects below
The different trees spread out their leaves and grow fruit,
And bury in the ground their gigantic roots

The animals are wonderful and colourful to look at,
From an animal as small as an ant to a unique specie such as the bat
These are things that we can’t describe in just a few words,
But we know it’s beautiful no matter what, that’s for sure!

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School

The Fruits Of The Spirit

The fruits of the Holy Spirit will help you get through life
To overcome struggles, toils and strife,
Love is that true warmth put into your heart
It can get you through anything, right from the start

Joy is that true, delightful feeling that you feel inside
It gets rid of the feeling of selfishness and pride,
Peace is serenity and calmness of mind
It is one of the best feelings that you can ever find

Patience is being able to accept the act of waiting
It keeps you calm and stops you thinking people are irritating,
Kindness is the quality that makes you thoughtful and considerate
It makes people want to think about you too; it makes you different

Goodness is the act of honesty and rightness
It shows that you have integrity and politeness,
Faithfulness is being true and loyal to what you believe in
It shows that you have trueness and fairness within

Gentleness is being careful and kind when handling people
This quality could earn respect and will keep you peaceful
Lastly, there is self-control, the act of self discipline
It will help you to gain advice and allow you to keep listening

These fruits will continue to help you to grow
They will let your light shine, and let you glow

Poem by Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School

Fear – A Mere Illusion

Fear is an emotion that can grip you so easily
A feeling that comes over us ever so frequently
It can grip you like a vice
And leave a feeling that isn’t very nice

It is a feeling that can be caused by pain or danger or harm
And takes over us like a terrible charm
You have to be strong-hearted to overcome it
But it is an experience that can happen to anyone, whether young or fit!

There is the fear of failure or disappointment
And creepy illusions that are really just pointless
Hearing a loud “BOO!” can make our heart race
And being afraid of getting caught up in life’s rat race

And although we have this beast of a feeling inside of us
Believing fear isn’t real can help to overcome this feeling
And knowing we can crush it and not let it take over
Being able to control it more and more as we get older and wiser

We can learn to defeat it as we go through life
Even though it can still cause a lot of strife
Knowing that fear is only a way to get stronger
You can stand up to it, stand a little taller…

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School

Identity – Exodus

My child, the youngest of my petals,
your scent rising above the fences,
the sound bouncing off shiny metals,
When will you come to your senses?

You say, you’ve found your way,
pacing to and fro come what may,
our light shines forth
but not as bright as it ought…

My child, what do you search for?
the scent rising higher day by day!
our meadow is the best ashore,
but your heart is gone astray…

You say you’re fine by yourself,
guaranteed all that you want
you no longer seek help
your image, you flaunt…

My child, soft as silk,
smooth as a baby’s skin,
your meal still as milk,
causes you to raise your chin…

I say, you’re lost and you know it!
racing higher but you don’t fit
purpose: you forgot the meaning.
get back to the ways that are appealing.

Sam Aigbotsua

Change – The Only Constant In Life

Change is a series of unstoppable moments
It is a period where everything may not always be in focus
You never know when it will happen, it isn’t planned
Some of those times won’t be good; at others change will be grand!

Changing from a baby to a toddler, taking your first steps
And you say your first word, wondering what else is next!
You become bigger, and start school
And soon learn that being older and going to school isn’t that cool!

You go through primary school, learning all the way
But this place is not where you will stay
You move onto secondary school, which is much harder
From that moment you wish you were back in nursery, still a starter!

Then you go to university, study hard and then graduate
And get a job, an experience that may or may not be great!
You grow into a young adult and learn different things about life
And when the time is right, you may become a husband or wife!

You will have your own kids and see them grow
And hope they will do well in life, knowing everything they need to know
They later on have kids and you become a grandparent, even maybe a great grandparent
And when you go, you will watch them from Heaven!

By Foyin Sogbetun
Year 8, The Rochester Grammar School