They came from all around the world
to gather in this place.
They looked into each other's eyes
and tried to find a trace,
of who they were, of who they are,
of who they'll someday be.
A million miles and twenty years
have passed with rapid pace,
they looked as if through rippled glass
at each new strangers face.
"Oh yes, of course, it's you,"
they gasped,familiar arms embraced.
They came to find who they had been
and who they'll someday be.
And who they are right now today or
who they'd rather be.
They came with fears from long ago
and tears that never fled.
The childhood hurts, the pain, the guilt,
so much was never said.
They came to find the answers of
what made them long ago.
To heal the hurts to say forgive me,
yes and let it go.
And yet-there's so much more to say
much more to show and tell,
of love and hope and laughter in
these lives they knew so well.
Memories so precious
no one else but they can know.
They lived and played and saw the world
together long ago.
Remember now, the wondrous lives
we lived, oh, don't forget.
The joys we found each time we woke
and looked at Longonot.
The games we played,the fights we fought
the trophies that we won,
shine in our hearts victorious
like the great Rift Valley Sun.
Colours that could make you cry
changing with each hour.
Blue and purple, red, orange,silver
God splashed His colours far.
Others never saw it
but for those years it was ours.
Animals on the plains below
as seen in Noah's Ark.
As far as the eye could see they came
-in our own private park.
Zebra, eland, elephant,
ostriches and more
lion cubs cavorting
on the great Rift Valley floor.
Birds beyond imagining.
Bugs of every kind.
Rhino's, monkeys, pink flamingos'
silkscreened on my mind.
Oh, my friends, do you remember?
Pplease do not forget.
Memories that we made together
they're not finished yet.
Some began as tiny tichies
at a place called Titchie Swot.
Long before we said or spelled
a place called Longonot.
Tears in pillows as we wondered
why our mommies left us there.
But God was watching over me
for He sent you to care.
You were my brother and my sister
you who held my hand.
You taught me how to find my way
in this new frightening land.
And dorm parents or sponsors
joined together too,
to make a barren place a home
for lonely me and you.
Thus as we grew
more of us came
to join our special class.
Each of us a piece
in the puzzle of our past.
Some pieces didn't fit so well.
some didn't fit at all.
Some of us had too many edges
thus we made some pieces fall.
Forgive us please and join us next time
in our meeting hall.
The years went by
and so the memories
ever faster now.
Banquet, safari, homecoming,
ball games,interim, sponsors-wow.
We were awesome,
we are awesome,
but the best of RVA
was the love amongst us
that has brought us to this day.
As a wiser one among us said
"I like us better now,"
"We've learned to love
to give to cherish
so lets take a solemn vow.
to the God of all Creation
who has brought us here this day.
Who blessed our class, our land, our nation,
shielded defended all the way.
Let us take His unity and liberty
to the ones not here today.
"Open their hearts and bring them peace,
Father God," we pray.
May they find the plenty in our borders
and complete the picture that we made.