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My Brother--Nelson Mandela, Umtata, South Africa--Tribute Poem

Nelson Mandela, crossed my spirited mind today, a visionary legend of peace, love, equality, and unity of all people. As a prevailer of great affliction, he was like a Greek God fighting for the—"Common man!” I had to sit and diligently read with excitement, how he unlocked the chains off locked and chained chambers: Displaying the personification of highest aspiration, he showed such self-sacrifice for his people, hailing him as —"Their savior!” An effective legal scholar and awesome advocate working for true justice without written legal briefs, motions, or pleadings, just verbal arguments! He vehemently fought apartheid as a true soldier on the frontier, one who led the charge with stamina and courage: Courageously, he carried the embers of light into dark chambers, where lions roam and feast on honest humankind like beasts. He displayed an attitude of non-breakable fortitude, revered for having persevered as the, —"Liberating Son of Soil!” While imprisoned in South Africa: here in America many libertarians and people of goodwill worked diligently— “So feverously for freedom on his behalf!” Organizing, planning, boycotting, striking, singing, uplifting his name, and praying for the glorious day for all to see his: Release, from traumatizing and rusting shackles of oppression. Such a revolutionary icon of democracy and social justice for all. He made the, "Flowers of peace bloomed," without allowing solitude to capture his soul. It didn’t break his—"Great Magnitude!” Elected president, of South Africa—"The Greatest Icon!” He spoke with language to his jubilant people from the heart While hailed as the awesome “Bafana,” he steered his nation toward freedom and liberty as their, — “Great Stalwart!” Rightly fighting and dismantling years of entrenched apartheid, racial prejudice, bigotry injustice, and segregation: Characterized as, “Father of the Nation,” with faith, he stimulated and renewed great hopes for redemption of his people. Fostering racial reconciliation and guided by God's wondrous mercy and faith, he served as an essence to aspire to… Rising as a positive “Catalyst for Change,” he enhanced: freedom, equality, justice, and inclusion, and — “Fought for and liberated his nation!” Like Pope John Paul II, he showed, “The mentality of retaliation destroys, while the mentality of tolerance builds nations with— “Selfless duty to God.” He cherished the most awards, degrees, accolades, and recognitions from universities and countries around the world than anyone I have known. Aptly honored, with the 1993 World Prize for Peace, over 250 awards, honors, and many more citations of elevation, such an enormous icon! Renowned for walking the walk and talking the talk, with dignity, he was —so mesmerizing and sacrificing. A leader like no other! Being very charismatically dignified, he displayed elder’s wisdom, with long lived patience and endurance…. Like a thunderous bolt from the heart and arms of Zeus, he reached far and wide, penetrating the deepest depths and widest width! Thus, rattling and upsetting the tectonic plates of the bastions of institutional racism, while uplifting liberty and equal justice for all people. Which created a devastating upheaval in their midst, highlighting freedom for all people confined illegally in dark dungeons of the abyss. He was like a dolphin, swimming among deadly moving sharks with dismembering teeth fighting for others to obtain, freedom, liberty and equality. He was like a salmon, swimming upstream to precious breading grounds, while eagles, and big black bears waited with razor cutting sharp claws. He was like rays of the golden sun at dawn, illuminating darkness, providing light to the world and opening eyes so other would see the true light. He was like the shining stars at night, twinkling majestic beauty, so people in their hearts and minds would always shine! As I read along, images of a great hero timely appeared, uplifting my mind, body, and soul with much joy and positive vibration. As one, who have impacted the world with lightening inspiration! Illuminating the good life, he has shown through his actions. As I stood up, he firmly took my right hand, looked me in the eyes, gave me a big hug, a pat on the back, and said, — “My Brother!” As I sincerely know—his legacy will be here to stay, every day, in a very special way, night or day, while others pray! As my mother taught me, being God like: “Death of the body releases the inevitable ethos of the true and everlasting spirit!” © Joseph S. Spence, Sr., (Epulaeryu Master) 5/15/19 All Rights Reserved, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Senior Advisor, to Founder of Motivational Strips Ambassador De Literature Noble Star of Literature 2018 Living Legend of the 21st Century Pentasiv B World Friendship Poetry Featured Poet 2019 Read and meditate on two of Nelson Mandela's Quotes: “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” —Nelson Mandela “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” —Nelson Mandela Many thanks and blessings always my dearly beloved brothers and sisters for your eternal beneficiations!

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Date: 6/6/2019 5:20:00 PM
Thank for your wonderful words regarding Nelson Mandela. He was definitely a great role model and an awesome icon. Blessings!l.
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Date: 5/17/2019 8:33:00 PM
A wonderful well-thought out, amazingly executed couplet in honor of a great man, and wonderful role model, an icon indeed! Well-done!
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