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Nelson Mandela - a Poet's Tribute - Bayo Omolola
As Nelson Mandela Marches On
By Bayo Omolola Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The humming of mosquito,
It is iron-made rack.
The wind that blew
The lees through
Never would it break a concrete wall well-fortified.
Like an iron,
Too tough for racists
But subtle his the language of humanity pervaded the ground
And the drum of freedom
Jumped and echoed for all dignity
And in a nation of all sanity.
Down at the radiant feet of Africa,
Rose no nonsense but cordial man that offered care.
The iron resisted the uncaring benders.
The lion resisted color-based sadists
Even in the cage,
Where he lived with the rage
The lions roared,
And the world knew.
Deep in thoughts and in deeds,
Strong in will
And in actions.
One man, too many for the perpetrators of racial segregation,
Unique in his actions at his tender age;
Unique in reactions at his point of exit.
Dead but alive.
He that resisted oppressions
And suppressed domination.
Unique Leader with words
And decent actions.
Considerate political path-maker
And office holder
That never hid public folder.
Never was he like others who cherished house rent
And conversion to personal use government property.
Boxer that boxed two enemies and won:
It's Nelson Mandela that fought racism and won.
He that fought death for long and won.
Too powerful for his enemies.
Friends of the world today
The man that never dies,
In transit you're:
That man will never die,
You're, Nelson Mandela:
Adieu, Madiba, as you take a giant's leap!
Adieu, Madiba, as you smile
And wave around the world!
As you take new form with the same strong spirit
That radiates reconciliation
And happiness for all!
The strong, universal man from the beautiful feet of Africa!
The smiling father of Africa
And friend of truth!
The most accomplished politician of the new millennium.
Copyright 2013: Bayo Omolola, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
I am pleased to announce that this poem was just published in The Herald, in South Africa.
Except for some newspapers which may have published Maya Angelou's poem, I suspect that this paper and The Herald in South Africa are the only papers which have published poetry in celebration of Mandela's long life.
Thanks for this wonderful contribution, Bayo!