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Forget us Not

Forget us not
(For the countless South Africans, black and white, who sacrificed their lives for democracy)
 
forget us not
fellow traveller in our just cause
 
‘aluta continua’ was our refrain
as we trudged in soggy marshes
malarial fevers lashing us in the summer rain
 
‘amandla’ we shouted
as we hurled stones at that heartless foe
facing their metallic beasts with our arrows and our bow
 
forget us not
fellow traveller in our just cause
 
‘aluta continua’ is our refrain still
‘amandla’ we shout today too
as the fight continues for
the many that yearn for a world less cruel, and more true
 
forget us not
fellow traveller in our just cause
 
though we have passed and in the earth we lie
remember us who fell and a tear or two for us in solemn moments do cry
 
forget us not
fellow traveller as you pick up our stones
 
forget us not
as you exhume our tattered rags and bones
 
forget us not
and do not our cherished ideals betray
 
forget us not
fellow traveller in our just cause
for we too still believe in that promise of a new day

forget us not.
 
 

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