Colombo Telegraph

Mandela The Madiba!

By Lionel Bopage


The master of fate,

the commander of soul

who inspired the world

Mandela the Madiba!

The Light of South Africa

resting in peace tonight!


Though branded a terrorist

caged like an animal,

raising the hopes of a better world

of freedom, democracy and peace

You met brutality with morality

ignominy and insult with dignity


What determines a life’s significance

is not that we have just lived

but the difference we make in others’

You practised what you preached



To inspire our future generations

deserving a decent and better world

free of discrimination and exploitation

today we need many more Madibas!

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