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Saturday, 07 December 2013 03:56

Mandela-An Ode to Madiba

Written by S. Okey Mbonu

The day is finally here Madiba,

the agonizing wait is over, as you take your final bow

 

If man-made medicine could add

one-more year, we would have given it to you

 

If another warm blanket will give

you succor, we would have given it to you

 

But alas, we watched as your

fiery eagle-wings lowered for the final descent

 

Yes, we watched as the fervent lion

lowered its gaze, and the flags lowered in unison

 

We watched as the brave one

prepared for the inevitable nightfall

 

Tonight, your mighty princely

walk will not spring forth

 

Yes, your wizened gray will not

comfort us, as it used to

 

Before you Madiba, we thought we

knew it all, our rage very justified

 

But your indomitable spirit dealt

the blow for us, as “apartheid” lay in a heap

 

We marveled as “apartheid” came down

swiftly, with a mighty blow of conscience

 

Your job is done now Madiba, and we

can see you wink from above, as we wipe tears of gratitude

 

 

 

You are still a prince, a king, a

president, a prophet, and a warrior; and we will not forget that forever!

 

 

S. Okey Mbonu is the Executive Director and CEO of Washington, DC based Nigerian-American Leadership Council

 

December 6, 2013, Washington,

DC, USA, Copyright Reserved

Last modified on Saturday, 07 December 2013 04:02

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