‘The Bittersweet Love’ by Winnie Chinyadza

This week’s Friday Story comes from Winnie Chinyadza at Newland School for Girls in Hull, whose writer-in-residence is Young Adult author Kerry Drewery. This life-affirming poem beautifully captures how our concept of the world changes as we grow out of childhood. We hope that it will brighten up this grey Friday afternoon for you.

‘The Bittersweet Love’ by Winnie Chinyadza

When we were younger,
Our world consisted of
Books,
Imagination,
And our stars dangling from the roof,
As the sweet song played in our minds.
Now our realities are more twisted,
Strange,
In a beautiful way.
Our world consisted of bitter honey,
Glazed in the skies,
Mostly homework,
Going out,
And tripping on the urge to feel alive.
Now the skies are candy floss,
The ground is expanding,
The days seem long,
But somehow I find the beauty in everything.
I find the beauty in the dark nights,
I find strange things I want to reach.
Our sky is a chocolate cake sprinkled,
In glitter,
Merging with the colours.
I know that reality awaits me,
But let’s stay in our land,
Just for a little longer.

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