I hope you can hear me as I tell you this
Even if your suffering is taking too long
And you feel like you're drowning in your struggles
Try to hang in there and be strong.
I hope you can hear me as I speak
I might not know what you’re going through
Or what is making you weak
But what I do know is it won’t ruin you.
I hope you can hear me as I plead
Even if the noise in your head is deafening
And your heart feels as heavy as lead
Always remember every cloud has a silver lining
I hope you can hear me as I beseech you
Please let your choices reflect your hopes
Because hope never abandons you
And there is light despite all the darkness.
I hope you can hear me even if you are weary
Because although I may not know you
And I may not know your story
I know it’s not yet through.
I hope you can hear me when I say
You can use a semicolon when you feel you can no longer cope
But until you become old and grey
Never attempt to use a full stop.
Remember the butterfly thought it’s story was over
Then it became a butterfly.
Abiola Adepoju is a 21-year-old graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University. She is a budding journalist who works as a reporter for Daily Trust Newspaper. Abiola is also an aspiring published author who is working on her first book. She believes in using the pen and her writings to express herself and motivate.