I wrote this poem to celebrate Mandela Day a few years ago. It is one of my faves. Happy Mandela Day! Let us all strive to follow the footsteps of Tata and do an act of social good!
O Madiba, the fervent Rolihlahla
you opened the doors
of freedom and equality
in uMzantsi Afrika.
Dearly referred to as Tata,
you are a father to us all
Indeed you are convener of the dialogue
You brought us all together
and taught us a language,
of love and hope
O Madiba, the pride of Africa
your words shall be a guiding light for all of eternity
We shall sing your praises to the next generation
and the next, passing on your torch of inspiration
Khulu Mandela, Ndiyabulela.