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    Posted December 10, 2013 by
    Mosselbay, South Africa
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Nelson Mandela: Your memories

    Brigs1Too and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Remembering Nelson Mandela

    Mandela A personal tribute

    For days I’ve sat now, tears intermittent,
    Streaks of sorrow on my cheeks
    Why? Why has this man I never met,
    This icon, the passing of this legend
    Shivered my foundation
    Shook my core
    What am I mourning?
    What piece of me so tied, so fastened,
    So indelibly linked
    At such a base cellular level
    To move me to tears?
    What piece of me died,
    That grief chokes me?
    A gushing rainbow of joy floods my knowing,
    His joy. his light beams new understanding
    I mourn not the man who freed my nation, for we are all ultimately free
    I mourn not a leader who united our nation because we are all one in love, in joy and in sorrow
    I mourn not the father who led his children out of darkness, for darkness is never permanent
    There is only light
    And then his light, a lighthouse of guidance in my sea of sorrow
    Illuminates the sorrow that cuts to the core
    It is the dreamer I mourn, it is the father of dreams
    The man who awakened in us our true power
    And it is the dreamers within us who mourn his passing
    But in our dreams, we will honour him forever.
    For once we have mourned and said our farewells,
    The dreamers will rise and dream again
    But new dreams will not remain ethereal
    They will be the dreams born of the power of knowing
    That Mandela, the father of our dreams, taught us well.
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