Today, as our thoughts and tears and love flow to our beloved President Nelson Mandela,
We, human-beings the world over,
say thank you, Madiba!
Thank you for your life, a life of principle,
a life of struggle,
of torture, of pain, of loss,
of a selflessness that you have embodied so completely.
In this often cold and callous world,
where we have been jaded by war, by intolerance, by racism, prejudice, and so so much economic and social injustice,
your living spirit shall live on!
your body, that has endured so so much,
your heart, your mind, your very self, which injustice and tyranny tried so hard to break,
Your spirit shines and shall be the torch that we, your children the world over,
shall carry forward…
you may be struggling for life today,
but you have breathed life,
into the hearts of countless downtrodden people this world…