Thank you Bert for choosing this photo, because this is the exact same one that is hanging in the Ace Offices in Bungoma .It is as if Rosie is looking at you ( not just you Bert – I mean anyone who is looking at it ! )
here is the poem written and expressively read out to us by The Southend Academy Student ,Simon Bahat , on Friday 2 August 2013
I saw the light dimming.
I thought I would be dreaming.
Infact, I almost stopped dreaming.
Waking up in the morning spell
yawn…that is what I spell
surrounded by lack of knowledge,hunger
that is hell
Hunger for food
Thirsty for knowledge
grounded for good
No one to acknowledge
Mama anything to eat ?
Stop it, just wash your feet.
Papa, on foot again
Yes child nothing av gained.
There was no light
but why ? I had to fight .
But I thank god is all the past.
The action in the community environment came fast.
I don’t have to do a mandatory fast
I saw the light dimming,
I thought I would stop dreaming
Now I see the light beaming
Yes now am dreaming…big
With the art school I’ve discovered myself
With the knowledge installed I am a self help
What can I say…Thanks to the dwyers
Much thanks to you Rosie, you made this happen.
I wish you were here to see
What you made just spread like sea
Oh that’s God’s plan.
May you rest in eternal peace
and as he finished ,Florence leaned over to me and whispered ‘I didn’t see that coming’ and we both had a little weep