Thembi’s Farewell: My Life. My Walk. My Journey

My Life. My Walk. My Journey

A poem by Thembi Mdluli


When I planned and started this journey

I knew not what to expect…

I set goals, had ideas and made a lot of plans

Took a gamble; a shot in the dark

The rest I left in God’s capable hands

Those original plans never included setbacks

But as with life, I occasionally stumbled

And sometimes wore disappointment like a heavy cloak


Through my many years with this family

We welcomed faces a-new

But we also lost and mourned a few

To Nick and Britt More, a special mention

May your souls rest forever in peace


I chose to live life in a perfect way

To be celebrated by generations to come

But on this walk I found the easy roads crowded

The level ones completely jammed

So I chose the rocky option, where I got a better view

I chose to stand up high, my head above others’ shoulders

Each step called for courage

With tasks that were hard to do

The end result, I can honestly say, has been victory


To our Donors, Friends and family:

A gift? A card? A thank you?

So many options

Yet, none close to enough

You are the most wonderful people

Among the best I’ve met

You turned dust into reality

And I must, I absolutely must….

Express this “THANK YOU” from my heart


To the More Community Trust Team:

There were often occasions

When I missed important deadlines

Times I was overcome with fear

Felt clueless, and riddled with self-doubt

Being buried in complexities

And seemingly endless confusion

In all these anxious moments

When I knew not what to do

You always came to my rescue


Engrave this in your heart

For this I’ve come to know

Alone we can do so little

Together, the opposite is true

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