I don’t know if I will make it back alive.
But I swear to fight for my life before I die.
Always know that it’s dangerous out there.
Dear son from Daddy to you.

I promise to bring back bread and butter.
I know last night you were not happy
Going to bed with sweet potatoes and water.
And I am so sorry you had to watch the neighbours
Flaunt your innocent jealousy with their bicycles.
You also need toys.

I promise to buy you a blue scooter this December.
A cake for your birthday.
New school shoes.
And a blazer.
I also promise to buy the dish
You have been longing for
So you can stay glued to cartoons and
Not worry about our next meal.
Because that is what childhood should be.

Yes, I will also take you out of this one room
So you see the world.
Gold Reef City, the Cradle of Humankind.
Because I want you to learn and enjoy.

Now don’t wear those shoes
They are too small for you anyway and
They hurt your cute toes.
Go inside the shack…I mean the house.
And my son don’t forget to look after Mommy
And pray again tonight.
She taught you well.

Lord forgive our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.