| by Lionel Bopage

( December 10, 2013, Melbourne, Sri Lanka Guardian)

The master of fate,
the commander of soul
who inspired the world
Mandela the Madiba!
The Light of South Africa
resting in peace tonight!

Though branded a terrorist
caged like an animal,
raising the hopes of a better world
of freedom, democracy and peace
You met brutality with morality
ignominy and insult with dignity

What determines a life’s significance
is not that we have just lived
but the difference we make in others’
You practised what you preached
Madiba!

To inspire our future generations
deserving a decent and better world
free of discrimination and exploitation
today we need many more Madibas!

8 December 2013

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