ByC.j. Harding, writer at
I'm actually Scottish, living in America. That should tell you pretty much everything you need to know about me.
C.j. Harding

In honor of one of the greatest champions of the cause of racial equality, I would like to post this brief poem by John Matshikiza to celebrate the life and mourn the passing of Tata Madiba, Nelson Mandela.

"And I Watch It In Mandela"

It is not for the safety of silence

That this man has opened his arms to lead

The strength of his words hangs in the air

As the strength of his eyes remains on the sky

And the years of impatient waiting draw on

While this man burns to clear the smoke in the air

There is fire here

Which no prison

Can kill in this man;

And I watch it in Mandela.

This poem was written in the darkest days of Mandela's movement, when Madiba himself was in prison, even though he had done no wrong and committed no verifiable crime.

Nelson Mandela was not a visionary belonging to one nation on one continent, as Martin Luther King, Jr. was. No, Madiba belonged to everyone. He fought for the equality of ALL races, in ALL nations. His is a legacy that will endure long beyond anyone who has lived through his era on this Earth, and that legacy will leave a mark on the people of this world forever.


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