Dancing with Madiba

‘Another man done gone’
in the words of that old song,
a big man who fought hard to free
his people from hard tyranny.

Praise and honours in his name
fall around the earth like rain;
tears too, let’s not forget,
from those he never even met.

In his homeland mourners sing
battle songs, remembering,
and dance their joy that he’d held fast
strong and true until the last.

But now’s not the time to overlook
those names who’ll never reach the book –
heroes may show us the way
for which millions had to pay.

              rs 5-6.12.13