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My Special Letter to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Lettre en français

Dear Madiba,

Prayfully this missive will find you in good spirits.
Today, February 11th 2010 marks the 20th year of liberty.
Liberty for you from 27 years in jail,
Liberty for the millions of your brothers and sisters,
The millions of your sons and daughters,
The millions of your grandsons and granddaughters,
The millions of your grand-grandsons and grand-granddaughters,
Who were enslaved in poverty only because of the melanin in their blood.

Baba, how are you? Where are you these days? What are you doing?
Contemplating the slow evolution of your country?
The world we live in?
Is this what you envisioned for modern South Africa?
Is Apartheid over?
20 years later, your country is governed by black elites,

The intelligentsia you groomed so painstakingly,
They are doing their best to rule a aching nation,
Fighting social evils wherever they can.

Madiba, is this what you foresaw?
The country is torn and needs healing.
Large swaths of the populace are still hurting.
A villain named AIDS is killing everyday,
Sons and daughters are being lost to oblivion,
While some of your political heirs are squandering huge time irrelevantly
Violence is rampant and it murders the very core of our societies.

Madiba, is this what your imagined?
South Africa is growing slowly, steadily and surely.
But the economy is still in the hands of a few,
The same few that held it before you were jailed,
The same few that held it before you were released,
While the mass is suffering from human greed and slow decimation
A new few also became wealthier than you can think,
And will be next generation power brokers.

Madiba, your country is crying,
Your continent is suffering from forces within and outer
Would you give them a bit of your rare wisdom?
Would you tell the world, so laudatory to you, that time has come for action?
Would you tell your African counterparts to let go of their massive military ego?
Would you please do that?

Would you…?

  1. smedrik
    February 14, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Mandela is a good guy who was labeled a terrorist because he objected to and created dissent against a corrupt apartheid government.

  2. blindguy
    February 14, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Nice letter. Mandela is the most significant black leader in South Africa and became a potent symbol of resistance as the anti-apartheid movement gathered strength. He consistently refused to compromise his political position to obtain his freedom. He was then FREED from his conviction, and went on to become President. And then won the Nobel Peace Prize. He is a not a terrorist, the regime that was in power and unjustly imprisoned him that would be considered terrorist to their own people.

  3. blindguyiwas
    February 14, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Mandela was convicted by a racist South African regime which was bent on keeping black Africans subservient to the white minority. As for his wife, Winnie, she’s truly a mess – and that’s his ex-wife, by the way.

  4. My eyes hurt!
    February 14, 2010 at 6:28 am

    wonderful letter, so touching. gd work.

  5. arlene69
    February 14, 2010 at 9:07 am

    thx for an excllent poem. i’ll use it to teach in my poetry class if you don’t mind. can u share ur email with me? I’ll send you mine via the site and will subscribe to ur blog. gd work. arlene

  6. john_
    February 14, 2010 at 9:16 am

    nice work, i luv this blog.

  7. leo_schrab
    February 14, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I love this little poem of yours. Mandela is a true human for all of us whites, blacks, asians, everybody. he’ll be part of human history for what he’s done for his country, his people and the whole world. i was a yuppy when he was freed but i have a good memory of the whole thing. My wife and I have been to South Africa and we really loved it. The kids too.

  8. cool0098
    February 14, 2010 at 9:20 am

    luv it! very cool.

  9. gardua_xhoze
    February 14, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Well, he is a great guy!! I do not know if I would have done what he did. BUT then, maybe thats why he is MADIBA ! LOL.

  10. for4023
    February 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    How could Mandela have forgiven all those years of discrimination and oppression?
    How did he do it when I myself can’t even forgive a simple mistake? And how does one forgive when something hurts so bad, you can’t even talk about it? Me and my wife have been struggling with this issue for over 3 years and can’t seem to forgive a certain family member. What do we need to do to be like Mandela?

    • gardua_xhoze
      February 14, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      What makes Mandela so special is hat he’s a real human being…And the fact that he is so flesh-and -blood real makes his greatness and his sacrifice and wisdom and his courage in the face of all that has happened to him even more remarkable”.

      • prutha
        February 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm

        because he is a good, wise and unselfish man.
        Can u imagine what a blood bath S.A. would be if Madiba were a senseless pig?
        There are so many things that couls have gone wrong…our economy, pride in SA, faith, being able to welcome tourists, foreigners and refugees.

        South Africa is could have been so much better if we had a selfless, honest government.

      • misterseed309
        February 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm

        Mandela is no hero, he is what the media made him out to be. Mandela is a terrorist in real life who killed innocent civilians.

        The lies spread about Apartheid are making me sick and everyone is gulping it up because the “tv” said so, or the “newspaper” said so.

        The Apartheid Gov didn’t kill people just for the fun of it, nor did they kill thousands like you are taught. They didnt steal land and they did NOT oppress people. It was merely seperate development.

        Mandela also did not stop a bloodbath in SA… it is coming within the next 11-12 weeks… He merely postponed it until they had complete control of the SA military. Whites will be slaughtered within weeks… and NO, we do NOT deserve it. I wish people would start questioning the propaganda and lies and start thinking for themselves.

  11. gturt
    February 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    great poem man.

  12. JohnDoe
    February 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Thx for this. Luv’d it

  13. Rara
    February 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I luv this man. He’s so great and has done so much for humanity.

  14. Gratien
    February 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Loved your article my friend.

  15. Freerisk35
    February 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Great poem.

  16. Gaena
    February 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Great letter, hope u sent it to Mandela himself

  17. Elysr34
    February 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Loving this article

  18. Rtque
    February 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    What is the new guy doing Zuma I think his name is.

  19. Bourj
    February 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I luv’d this man too

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