97.            FORMER PRESIDENT NELSON MANDELA

This is the most important person
To be mentioned in my collection.
I may not have shared with him on Robin Island
The mentally ill did
It was South Africa’s
First mental health hospital.
But I shared being captured
In the Old South African Defence Force
For a period of eighteen years
Where I had to keep quite
About apartheid and endure it.
To me we were all equal
All were my neighbours
As I love them As I love myself.
This is where the president steps in
And set an example of forgiveness
A long walk to freedom
As you will be known
By the way you did it.

24/02/2004