Nelson Mandela Dies (December 5, 2013)

In Memoriam

Nelson Mandela


Father of modern Africa

Son of ancient Africa

a light to all

Passing in the dark

Has faded into the last horizon

Yet glows still

Bearing testimony to peace

Bearing testimony to justice

Nelson Mandela

Child of the veld

Child of Qunu

Shepherd to goatherds

Herds that taught him

A leader waits behind

Inspiring others to find their way

Nelson Mandela

Waited behind 27 long years

Imprisoned on Robbin Island

Waited for justice

Waited for peace

Waited across the sea from Qunu

Where memories became reality

Until his freedom

Graced the whole of Africa

Graced the whole of earth

Graced the whole of humankind


Light of Africa

Light of peace

We mourn your passing