Poetry Friday: Two poems for Nelson Mandela

Poetry Friday is hosted by Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge

Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

AND I WATCH IT IN MANDELA (by John Matshikiza)

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 in 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.
© John Matshikiza (1974)


The poem ‘Invictus’  by William Henley inspired Nelson Mandela during his 27 years of incarceration in Robben Island .   

Advertisements

9 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Two poems for Nelson Mandela

Thank you for reading my blog! Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s