Chinedu Dike

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Mandela - The Immortal Icon - Poem by Chinedu Dike

The Peace Warrior Of Mzansi, among heroes - A Colossus!
Sun Of The Nation; A rare gift of Providence.
Once, entangled in the web of racist succubus;
Unruffled he declares before High Justice:
'...[I]t is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.' Silence,
Pregnant with dreadful menace in court ensued.
A beast of burden consequent of unshakeable stance.
In the slammer, Symbol Of The Struggle he attained;
But Apartheid demon persisted in its treachery.
'Coalition Of Conscience' - inspired outcry for Liberty;
Plagues of sanctions shatter manacles of Slavery.
Looming on the horizon, a sight of Equality.
From abyss of darkness emerged The Institution;
The Immortal Icon; and Mastermind of Rainbow Nation.

NOTE: A Tribute To Nelson Mandela. The story is about Mandela's journey from The Rivonia Trial(where he was charged with TREASON, an offence carrying death penalty by HANGING) to Freedom and Democracy. He was after much... sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour. It is the story of a Cosmopolitan Juggernaut that epitomizes agape kind of love - the unadulterated love for humanity. A tale of a great leader who went from prison(for 27 years) to become the first democratically elected President of South Africa. May his wonderful and gentle soul continue to rest in the Bosom Of Almighty God.

MZANSI is another name for South Africa - an affectionate name.

Topic(s) of this poem: freedom

Comments about Mandela - The Immortal Icon by Chinedu Dike

  • Jez Brul Jez Brul (5/18/2016 1:52:00 PM)

    Mandela----the life he lived was and is truly inspirational and will continue to touch many people..thank you for sharing this great poem. :) (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (5/19/2016 3:05:00 AM)

    Hi Jez, thanks for your kind words of encouragement and objective appraisal of my poem. Always remain blessed.

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  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (5/10/2016 12:57:00 PM)

    Mandela- all over the world his name is synonymous with love, forgiveness, bravery. He is the cream of mankind of whom God is surely pleased. I am glad you wrote this tribute- we need to keep this man in front of people's eyes to teach the world that this is what we should all strive to be like. Yes, we still need him and works like this will keep him immortal. Thank you for writing this and sharing it with the world. I hope you write other tributes to him and what he accomplished. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (5/10/2016 1:21:00 PM)

    Lovely and insightful appraisal of the work. Thanks for your kind words of encouragement Susan, your poetic creation about horses is indeed a great poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Halin Roche (4/30/2016 9:33:00 AM)

    the best ode to the Lord of South Africa! ! many say that he fought and died for his nation, yet I say he is immortal, living in many hearts and poems like yours! ! thank you so much for sharing....! ! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (5/2/2016 4:58:00 PM)

    Hi Halin, thanks for your lovely and insightful appraisal of my poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Johnny Quiet (4/26/2016 12:55:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem. A tribute fitting the stature of its subject. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (4/26/2016 1:48:00 AM)

    Hi Johnny, thanks for your wonderful comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Jp Zouain (4/23/2016 12:56:00 AM)

    Respect very well places ideas and poetic phrases (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (4/23/2016 6:14:00 AM)

    Hi Zouain, thanks for your objective appraisal of my poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Ufuoma Komiti (4/22/2016 10:08:00 PM)

    Chinedu, your eulogy and sonnet on legend Nelson Mandela is a wow, beautiful language. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (4/23/2016 12:16:00 AM)

    Hi Ufuoma, thanks for your lovely and kind comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Aratrika Chatterjee (4/22/2016 9:55:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem, a moving tribute to the great man. Accept my respects, Sir. We have much to learn from you. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (4/23/2016 12:18:00 AM)

    Hi Aratrika, a million thanks for your kind words of encouragement. Always remain blessed.

  • Roli Obra (4/11/2016 8:11:00 AM)

    Surely it is a great poem my dear friend. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (4/12/2016 1:25:00 PM)

    Hi Roli, Thanks for your lovely comment. Remain blessed.

  • Chime Justice Ndubuisi Chime Justice Ndubuisi (4/2/2016 9:39:00 AM)

    Great write...i enjoyed it. Madiba is my icon. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (4/2/2016 11:53:00 AM)

    Hi Chime, Thanks for your kind comment. Remain Blessed.

  • Bill Cantrell Bill Cantrell (4/2/2016 6:26:00 AM)

    Silence pregnant with dreadful menace is court ensued....what great poetry, wonderful read. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (4/2/2016 11:55:00 AM)

    Hi Bill, Thanks for your lovely and kind comment. Always remain Blessed.

  • Timothy Mcpoetry Timothy Mcpoetry (3/30/2016 8:06:00 AM)

    That's so cool! How did you get that robot to read that poem? ! (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (4/2/2016 11:57:00 AM)

    Thanks a million times Timothy. I really appreciate your comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Gholamreza Zarban Gholamreza Zarban (3/25/2016 4:02:00 PM)

    I enjoyed reading this poem. Thank you. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (3/25/2016 4:31:00 PM)

    Hi Zarban, thanks for the comment. Remain blessed.

  • Prakash Tc (3/14/2016 4:41:00 AM)

    A great tribute to a great man. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (3/14/2016 5:13:00 AM)

    Hi Prakash, thanks for your kind words of encouragement. Always remain blessed.

  • Cielo Superticioso Cielo Superticioso (3/12/2016 6:54:00 PM)

    Ah... Mandela, such a great man. One of the greatest person known in the world. Are you gonna write as well for Martin Luther? Thank you for such a nice poem Chinedu. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (3/12/2016 7:20:00 PM)

    Hi Cielo, thanks for your lovely comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Somali K Chakrabarti (3/12/2016 1:03:00 PM)

    Both inspiring and informative, this poem is a wonderful tribute to the great apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela. The poem highlights the challenges faced by the man and his unshakable stance which made him rise above those challenges. I loved the expression 'Mastermind of the Rainbow Nation'. Thanks for sharing the poem Chinedu. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (3/12/2016 1:49:00 PM)

    Hi Somali, thanks for your beautiful words of encouragement and objective appraisal of my poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Uddhab Naik Uddhab Naik (3/10/2016 2:26:00 AM)

    It's a beautiful piece of writing.Thanks a lot for sharing this inspirational fragrance. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (3/10/2016 2:44:00 AM)

    Hi Uddhab, thanks for your lovely comment and objective appraisal of my poem. Always Remain Blessed.

  • Mark Pedersen Mark Pedersen (3/4/2016 10:59:00 PM)

    It's a striking and penetrating thought that I lived in Cape Town while Nelson Mandela was offshore in prison. I had never heard his name, which now resounds in majesty, who casts a long shadow, relegating his tormentors to the darkness and ignominy that is theirs by request. Your poetry helps convey the majesty of this transcendent individual. Indeed, rare gift of providence, those individuals of special gift, and yours a gift to us of similar stature. I'm glad I visited this page to learn of your gift. (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (3/5/2016 2:27:00 AM)

    Hi Mark, thanks for your insightful appraisal of my poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Tracy Craighead Tracy Craighead (2/26/2016 1:53:00 AM)

    Inspirational and full of passion. The truly good people always seem to suffer to cure the world of its own man-made evil. Thank you (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (2/26/2016 3:05:00 AM)

    Hi Tracy, thanks for your beautiful comment. Always remain blessed.

  • Tia Attwood Tia Attwood (2/17/2016 10:24:00 AM)

    That was beyond Excellent, that poem. very well written poem, love poems reflecting history and feel this was a great tribute to him. thankyou also for reading my poem Tia (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (2/22/2016 6:19:00 AM)

    Hi Tia, thanks for your lovely and objective appraisal of my poem. Always remain blessed.

  • Tatiana Maree (2/16/2016 1:40:00 PM)

    Very passionate words Lots of clever imagery too (Report) Reply

    Chinedu Dike (2/22/2016 6:16:00 AM)

    Hi Tatiana, thanks for your lovely and kind words of encouragement. Always remain blessed.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Poem Edited: Thursday, February 4, 2016

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