Treasure Island

Nkululeko Mdudu

(11 October 1990 / Queenstown/ South Africa)

! ! ! Does Black Ink Ever Turn Grey?


When this head of black strings turns grey
When this spring September turns to chilly May
When all you enjoyed becomes dull and boring
When the only noise you make is when you're snoring
When your facial hair starts to fall off
When few call you Bru. and plenty call you prof.
When none at all call you on the phone
Except your doctor with his clinical tone
When your children, if any; prefer to leave you all alone
Because they say your stories are old
Except when they are left out in the cold
By bosses or boyfriends or girls who didn't care
When you are good for tough times, it's not fair!
Because when times are good then they are tough on you
It's as if when you speak the bird on the clock goes 'Cuckoo'
When all you've got are the good old days
When all they see are your strange old ways
When time has stolen your youth
And all you can tell is the cold hard truth
When you've learnt to appreciate every moment in time
Then you might want to re-visit this rhyme.

Submitted: Thursday, July 31, 2008
Edited: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

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  • Bob Blackwell (5/25/2009 5:58:00 AM)

    Barry's right this is a brilliant poem. My red hair is grey and I guess I enjoy every moment as it comes along, so I am glad I qualify to return and read this poem. But I have cheated, I enjoyed it so much I have taken a copy to read at leisure. Age is unimportant, we can only live moment as it comes along. Bob 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Lindo Mvelase (4/19/2009 12:42:00 PM)

    yoh! man what a brilliant poem, your mind is so increbible. I wish I could meet more people of your kind. (Report) Reply

  • Keegan Coutriers (3/26/2009 1:29:00 AM)

    Hi there, certainly does compliment my piece. Have to agree with Alf, u certainly have the talent for a 19 year old, i'd love to read what u write after you've experienced a bit more of life's ups & downs. The end product is always better, so keep maturing with regards to your writing. (Report) Reply

  • Alf Hutchison (3/24/2009 4:55:00 PM)

    Nkululeko for a nineteen year old you have great forevision.. I hope you read it again when you are my age 65. A good read, and black ink does turn grey believe me. how about reading my Zimbabwean drums? (Report) Reply

  • Khanyisile Cele (8/6/2008 8:30:00 AM)

    This is a nice poem it reminds us that time is too precious to waste and what ever you do yuo mustn't look back and regret. (Report) Reply

  • Wanelisa Albert (8/6/2008 3:35:00 AM)

    I BEG TO DIFFER! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    read yoonoos peerbocus poem silvery years.
    i hope in my old years i will be smiling over my life and the fulfilment and love i imparted over people.not be sad and bitter but calling my journey to eternity and to meet my god. (Report) Reply

  • Greenwolfe 1962 (8/5/2008 5:46:00 PM)

    This is written be a very young man. Obviously, a young man with a heart who has more on his mind than young women. This is not normal. But normal
    behavior for one his age is certain to be either a crime, a sin, or stupid. Let us
    take this time to praise the abnormal teenager.

    GW62 (Report) Reply

  • Tia Maria (8/5/2008 1:54:00 AM)

    Hiya Nkuli - I really enjoyed reading this. It's good to be 'light' about life & this kind of poetry reminds us that life is life & we have to grin & bear it as best we can. A really good write - well done. (Report) Reply

  • Israh Sadan (7/31/2008 6:15:00 AM)

    This is such a cool poem. Also often wonder where time and friends went.
    And realise that i'm far more content with my own company anyways :) (Report) Reply

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