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Poem for Nelson Mandela

Heroes

709a968145ea07e9b25aad3c961ce290by Juan David10 Dec 2013

Let us forgive one another, tonight
a flaming chariot fumes the skies;

a streak of hope crawled on our bed,
untangling wildly; setting itself on fire:

up the gilded city, at nine o’clock
we hear the bell; and we sit: waiting.

the public use of reason is not yours
anymore; they’re thinking for us.

and life’s too short to wear one hat.
and you sit: waiting; wait no more.

These are the heroes that we have.

radical faces glinting, with their hands
scraping the washboards–

Let us forgive one another, tonight
a flaming chariot fumes the skies;

a streak of hope crawls on our bed,
untangling wildly; setting itself on fire