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In memory of Tata Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela 1918-2013


  You looked at me once.

With your eyes of enlightenment

And wrinkles on your face

That have grown deep

Like the Limpopo river

I can still discern

The trials and tribulations you endured

In the killing grounds of Robben Island

Where you were confined

For nearly three score decade

Under the hands of the oppressor

Where nights are still

And days were long and dreary

Oh. How dreadful is dreary and stillness.


Yet with a smile in your face

You saw in me a soul seeking solace

Lost in the wilderness

Of Indian ancestral homelands

Now called America the beautiful.

In that very moment in time

You brought sanity in my heart

When you said come home

And join in building the rainbow nation

For children of tomorrow.


Your commanding words

To come home and build a nation

For children of tomorrow

Remain pristine fresh in my heart

As l plough my way around

In this new born rainbow nation

Everywhere l go l here

Ululation from ancestral places

Echoe through our rainbow nation

And make the past present and future life

Inextricably interwoven like a spider web,

Our nation has received a new baptism

From waters flowing from   a rivulet of truth

That has washed away the sins of apartheid

To the doldrums of the inferno Of Sodom and Gomorrah

You Tata Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela, your face will remain

Sculptured in our minds and hearts forever

As we cultivate human excellence in all our life endeavours.


Wena uyinkwenkwezi (You are a star)

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