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For Mandela

When the whales became stranded in the Everglades

the week of 5 December

my heart shattered

into a fearsome worry of weeping

having felt in a feverish dream a big sadness.

Then came the news

the mighty king, the giant of compassion is at his final sleep.

He who had said the lesson is not so much

in learning to forgive the captors,

but is the conquering of self,

and showing no acrimony when the bloodied spear of oppression

executed by the servants of avidya

pierced his streaming tears dry.

He  changed them with the gaze of kindness.

He, who would not want to be called great or exalted,

lifted up by the arms of the singing ancestors

into the fearless  globe of a transitory pure light path,

is dancing freely.

They called him a fiery troublemaker in his youth

because of his ability to jab

the ineptitude of ignorance.

Journal prompt: Write about your thoughts and feelings about humility. What does it mean to you? Did the life of  former South African president Nelson Mandela affect you? Explain.

Copyright © 2013 by Susan E. Rowland


I made it this far and plan to keep going. I believe nature heals the soul. I love to journal, to write, do art, and music. I'm not afraid to tackle tough subjects. Solar-powered & drive hybrid. Trying to do my part. Earned my BA at 53. And, I believe, it's never too late to have a happy childhood.

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