This is also one of my absolute favourite Mali poems. It's about an amazing student who has left our world way too soon and I can somehow relate to it. This poem absolutely breaks my heart and usually leaves me sobbing, because of the experience of tragically losing a 12 yr old student of our school to suicide a couple of years ago. It was one of the worse things I've ever had to go through. Seeing her classmates and the school come together to support each other was also an experience that will haunt me forever. The site of a group of 30 12 and 13 year old students dressed up, heads bowed, holding hands, holding each other while crying, talking and laughing while they remembered her was striking. She was our Viking Warrior.
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