Treasure Island

Diana van den Berg

(4 November 1945 / Durban, South Africa)

A Citizen's Prayer For Madiba

Dear God
please accept these humble tears
in supplication for our beloved Madiba
who we share with all the world.

What statesman
throughout the history
of mankind
has ever held
not only
such respect,
such gratitude,
such honour,
such raw,
and unconditional
of everyone
who has ever
heard of him
from those closest
to him
to everyone
in his own country
political party,
his own
and all
the opposition parties,
to those
in the furthest
of the globe.

Dear God,
our need
to keep him
with us
as the living legend
he is,
whatever is best
for him,
please do.

in tears,
a citizen
South Africa.

Submitted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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(3 July 2013)

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