Babatunde Aremu


Thank You Nelson Mandela - Poem by Babatunde Aremu

Madiba, unique son of Africa
Your blood runs Africa
Madiba, the sun that rises from Africa
Illuminating the entire human race
Mandela, you are a rare breed
Your blood is pure blue
You are a giant tree with cool shades
Valiant African that vanquished apartheid
Generalismo of war against prejudice
You waged war without cannon folder
You fought like a spartan soldier
Until the adversaries kissed the canvas
You sacrificed your youthful energy and comfort
You were beaten, slapped, spat on
They fettered your body but not your will
You remained resolute to free your people
Madiba, the lion that makes apartheid to cringe
Madiba, the freedom fighter
Your type is rare, Madiba
You sapped your energy for our freedom
And indeed gave us freedom
Now that you are physically frailed
We know that inside you is steel
Your mind is still strong like steel
If given another chance, you will fight again
To break the shackles in the world
Madiba, greatest freedom fighter ever
We doff our hats
Thank you, Madiba


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Dedicated to Nelson Mandela for the sacrifice

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, October 9, 2013


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