Rolihlahla became Nelson
For a teacher whose tongue perhaps
Could not master the twists and curves
Of Rolihlahla and now
Nelson is for posterity.
Born into royalty
He lived not royally
Because patriotic impatience
Gave him an unsavory tool which looked
Impressive for change… momentarily…
And number 46664 became a destiny.
But not the final destiny
For Providence had a plan,
Twenty-seven (27) years of…
Resolution… then…
Implementation saw
Physical force substituted
For moral strength
And Madiba went from fighter
To prisoner to President-Reconciler
In the process, emerged
A burnished patriot,
World premier citizen…
Thus an enviable legacy was sealed at his exit…
An ex con became
An icon

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