tribute john matshikiza

And I Watch it in Mandela


It is not for the safety of silence

That this man has opened his arms to lead.

The strength of his words hangs in the air

As the strength in his eyes remains on the sky;

And the years of impatient waiting draw on

While this man burns to clear the smoke in the air.

There is fire here,

Which no prison

Can kill in this man;

And I watch it in Mandela.