Happy Birthday Madiba!


Happy Birthday Mandela

Tatamkhulu Afrika

Warrior and Peacemaker.

Freedom Fighter and Prisoner.

President and Great Grand father.

You showed no indecision

in fighting injustice.

Young, Proud and Bold

you struck out Defiantly

giving yourself no option

But the Quest of Freedom

the Journey of Struggle

the Destiny of  Heroism

the Epitome of Ubuntu.

No slave to Fate

No stranger to courage

No risk not ventured

on the long road you tread.

The path you leave

is clear and wide and light,

though steep for those who seek

an easy way to reach the heights

where you have climbed.

How to give thanks?

How to honour the Legacy

of  Dignity, Sensibility and Justice?

of Sacrifice, Service and Contribution?

Only through our pledge:

To walk our own long road

Using your footholds,

Heartened by the trial

of giving ourselves fully

to the building of  Tomorrow

with Hope, Dignity, Justice

with what is Good, Right and New.

A tomorrow worthy of more

Like you.

Peace, Dearest Trouble Maker,

Peace, Rolihlahla Mandela….

In Honour of Mandela Day, 18 July 2011.

In response to Three Word Wednesday’s prompts:

Option, Indecision, Fate.

 

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6 Responses

  1. Amen to that! Happy Birthday to the great man.

  2. A beautiful tribute to a hero worthy of our praise but also our efforts to strive towards his huge footsteps.

  3. Amazing piece of poetry! Love what you have wrote on Mandela a beautiful tribute and honor.
    Thank you for stopping by. I have been gone and now to catching up and writing once again. You surely are inspiriing in yours.
    Blessings

  4. Happy Birthday to him.

    how thoughtful you are.

    hope all is well, invite you to join poets rally week 52 today.

    bless you.

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