(8 December 1881 – 11 January 1972 / County Longford)

Mandela - The Immortal Icon

The Peace Warrior Of Mzansi, among heroes - a colossus!
Sun Of The Nation; A rare gift of Providence.
Once, entangled in the web of racist succubus;
Unruffled he declares before High Justice:
'[I]t is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.' Silence -
Pregnant with dreadful menace in court ensued.
A beast of burden consequent of unshakeable stance.
In the slammer, Symbol Of The Struggle he attained;
But Apartheid demon persisted in its Treachery.
'Coalition Of Conscience' - inspired outcry for Liberty;
Plagues of sanctions shatter manacles of Slavery.
Looming on the horizon - a sight of Equality.
From abyss of darkness emerged the Institution;
The Immortal Icon; And Mastermind of Rainbow Nation.

NOTE: A Tribute To Nelson Mandela.
The story is about Mandela's journey from The Rivonia Trial (where he was charged with TREASON - an offence carrying the death penalty by HANGING) to Freedom and Democracy.
He was after much... sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour. It is a story of the Cosmopolitan Juggernaut that epitomizes agape kind of love - the unadulterated love for humanity.
A tale of a great leader who went from prison (for 27 years)to become the first democratically elected President of South Africa.
May his wonderful and gentle soul continue to rest in the Bosom Of Almighty God.

MZANSI is another name for South Africa - an affectionate name.

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Simply superb imagination as also the song. Congrats on it's modern poem of the Day.
Love the pastoral nature of the piece, its very mid period romantic, in its imagery and themes, it seems that the scene is one of quite reflection for a period of life and a person that is gone. Still Susan Williams has a point the writer is more fascinated with the context of youth and the allure of fresh vitality, then again we have forever to be old and only a brief moment to be young,
It seemed most of her beauty lay in her youth- -her appeal was her freshness and her trust
Quite romantic. Object of admiration rather than love. Hope inspired by beautiful form.
one who is smitten by beauty's young allure.
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