Mzansi And The Ballot Box Poem by Chinedu Dike

Mzansi And The Ballot Box

Rating: 4.6

Millions queued in lines before Arbiter Of Disputes.
Hopes were high,
Duty and resolve holding firm.
Hearts dance with spirit of Emancipation,
Each with ammo stronger than bullet,
Ready to dislodge a fiendish cabal out of Power.
All conscious of the long night of tribulation.
Singly, the weapons were discharged
Into The Receptacle Of Liberty;
Upon which they received baptisms of Freedom.
Inside the altar tugs of war ensued:
Invisible fibres bound and aligned aspirations.
Popular Will prevailed.
Bearing the scars of Apartheid,
Indigenous people celebrate the birth of Democracy.
Ballot Box had come at a great expense;
At all costs its sacredness shall be preserved.
Those were the surviving heroes and heroines of Mzansi.


Mzansi is the affectionate name for SOUTH AFRICA.
The story is about her first democratic elections of 1994.

The Arbiter Of Disputes, The Receptacle Of Liberty,
the altar, all refer to THE BALLOT BOX.

ammo, weapons, refers to ballot paper and ballot papers respectively.

fiendish cabal refers to The White Minority Rule:
The Apartheid Regime.

Sunday, August 10, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: democracy,freedom,inspirational,liberty
Mzansi is another name for South Africa. The story is about her first democratic election.
Louis Rams 17 January 2020

a well penned eulogy to south africa and Mandela and very well explained in your notes - thanks for sharing

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Chinedu Dike 17 January 2020

Beautiful comment, Louis. Thanks and do remain enriched.

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Vladimir Bass 27 March 2019

Very strong and right to the point I like your style and what you stand for

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Chinedu Dike 27 March 2019

Thanks Vladimir. Remain enriched.

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Joshua Nnachi 02 September 2021

A sincere political commentary beautifully crafted into poetic lines.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 12 July 2021

A vivid depiction of attaining democracy. Yes, we fight for democracy to enjoy wonders of existence.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 12 July 2021

A magnificent poem brilliantly woven and presented.

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D Loveday Morris 29 July 2020

Nelson Mandela was and will always be remarkable and an inspiration for me. I enjoy the tribute that you have written for him.

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Ketan Hukare 11 June 2020

The poem is so powerful and inspiring. I feel the struggle in South Africa and pray that humanity lives and grows with brotherhood and peace. Very well penned.

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Chinedu Dike 11 June 2020

Hi Ketan, thanks a million times for your insightful appraisal of the poem. Remain enriched.

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Chinedu Dike

Enugwu-Ukwu, Anambra State; Nigeria.
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