Comfort Ndlovu


Peace, perfect peace,
Nelson, noble Nelson
Mighty Madiba
Marvellous Mandela
Handsome Holihlahla
Liberty Lover;

A foreigner in a land of terror
A pilgrim on an island of tears, trouble, torture, tyranny and turmoil
Yet serene and docile like a lamb being led to slaughter...
Black but comely, an icon in the simple being
Canvassing for peace, democracy, unity, equality, amity and justice -
saving the semblance of Afrika.

Like the Messiah of the universe
This selfless Messiah of Afrika bent upon the bar
Of self-sacrifice and bore the cross for many;
I heard of a Messiah called Jesus Christ,
I saw the Messiah called Nelson Holihlahla Madiba Mandela:
Not familiar with the winding, ascending road to Golgotha
He crossed the limitless ocean - into Robben Island.

He answered protest with peace,
Uprising with humility,
Violence with a cool yet crucial voice:
'Mayibuye i-Afrika! Let the glory and pride of Africans return to their rightful proprietors'...
He said: 'I have dedicated myself to this struggle,
It is an ideal I hope to live for and see achieved,
But, my Lord, if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die! '

Tied to the bands of political oppression and humiliation
He fought a good fight of peace.
Neither was he dissuaded nor distracted nor intimidated
But he emerged a staunch and dauntless paradigm of peace,
An ardent ambassador aiming acute annihilation of apartheid.
Nelson, noble Nelson
Madiba, mighty Madiba
Mandela, marvellous Mandela
Holihlahla, handsome Holihlahla,
Daliphunga, Delakufa, Nqolomsila, Velabambhensele, Yemuyemu -
a global icon - internationally acclaimed,
Father of Africa - globally applauded by all noble individuals
Young and old; rich and mediocre; black and white.
Peace, perfect peace
Rest... In perfect perfect peace.

Submitted: Saturday, December 14, 2013
Edited: Saturday, December 14, 2013

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Long live Liberty lover's Legacy, Long live!

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