Treasure Island

Vincent Kuo

(04 April 1989)

Blue War Cry


Steadfast as the Granite Boulder
Heart of the 'Dragon Stone'
We stand as one
Through marrow and bone

Our faces be smeared
In blue and white
Our flesh be bound
By the fearsome fight

As the swift August wind
We shall prevail
Our spirits untouched
By the Cape storm gale

The pouring rain falls
Upon the battlefield green
Where giants roar
The Mighty Fifteen

We proclaim with heart and soul
In echoes of fearless cry:

Our blood is bluer than blue!

Boishaai! Boishaai! Boishaai!

Submitted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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I attended a traditional South African boys' school in Paarl - Paarl Boys' High - situated in the Drakenstein valley. The word Boishaai (pronounced merely Boys' High) is our special trademark name. In our area, our school can be easily be identified by that term. Once a year, we would host an immense sports event, simply referred to as "Interschools", where we would compete against our rival school - Paarl Gymnasium, or according to us: "The School in the North". In its grand scale, it is rumoured to be the largest inter-school sports event in the Southern hemisphere. Family, friends and especially Alumni of all ages, from all over the world, flock into Paarl every year for this special occasion. During the month of August, it would seem as if the town is divided in half, in support of the two schools. Banners and ribbons of school colours are draped all over town on trees, fences and lamp posts. One can really feel the excitement during the few weeks leading up to Interschools. The main event, which decides the winner of each Interschools, is the "Under-19A" rugby game - the best rugby team of each school. This is a hundred year old tradition and regarded with great pride and prestige in our town.

Glossary of references:

Granite Boulder - One of the large granite boulders of Paarl Mountain.
Dragon Stone - A reference to "Drakenstein valley" where the town of Paarl is situated
Blue and white - The official colours of my school (sky blue, white, and navy blue)
August - The month when "Interschools" is held
Cape storm gale - Reference to the common gale force winds we get in Cape Town region, South Africa.
Battlefield green - Reference to the rugby field where the final game takes place.
Mighty Fifteen - The 15 players of the rugby team
Our blood is blue - A common saying within our school
Boishaai - Trademark nickname of Paarl Boys' High (pronounced: boys high)

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  • Swetha Vanakayalapati (6/21/2012 1:48:00 AM)

    mmm....as if on the battle field....with the strongest of stronger enemies....thats a more vigorous spirit! !
    Boishaai....! ! Boishaai.....! !
    the title Blue war cry.......blood bluer than blue are very new to hear.........
    before taking a look of the poem, the title mean me like war under skies.....after reading learnt its the narration of the spirits (Report) Reply

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