I wish I could see you again,
Tell you it gets better.
I wish I could hug you,
And remind you that it’s okay.
I do not know how far you have come,
Are you hanging in there?
I do not know if you are fitting well with society again,
Are you still as strong?
I pray for you.
I wear the band you made for me,
The blue sky of our former dark days.
I wear the band as my beacon of hope,
A reminder of how far I have come.
I wear the band as my silent prayer for you.
Thirteen with the world crushing you.
Twenty one with renewed strength.
Thirteen with a bright future.
Twenty one, broken.
Together, banded forever;
By reality and hope.
Yours in spirit,
The girl who wears the blue arm band.
Written by Amogelang Lekwadu.
Photography by Brigid Schutz.