Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Flash 55 — Mandela

Hand Drawn Portrait of Nelson Mandela by Norhashimah Erpelding
Hand Drawn Portrait of Nelson Mandela
     by Norhashimah Erpelding

Sleeping, seeking a gauzy center
sensitive and serene
for unseeing eyes shut under lids.

Drowsing, disappearing into denseness
after long days that became
decades of holding to the dream.

Dreaming, entering darkness delayed
by undetermined dawn
somehow determined by destiny.

Passing, pausing no longer here
in prisons or parades, trading
his peoples' praise for Peace.

Written for Friday Flash 55 - My post in exactly 55 words - for the G-Man.


Brian Miller said...

it is a sad day for his services will be missed---what he did for his people---but a well deserved rest might finally be here as well

nice allit that pulls this right along lydia

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thank you for this poem. As a South African, it resonates so deeply with what I have been feeling this whole week. It heartens me to read your words written with compassion for an old man who is passing, while acknowledging his contribution to the world.

izzy said...

Especially love the last verse!
Prisons and parades- whew- thanks.

G-Man said...

Lydia Dear...
Very heartfelt and compassionate bit of writing.
What a Great, Brave Man!!
Loved your Time to Pass 55
Thanks for playing, thanks for your great support, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Helen said...

A beautiful tribute to one of the greats .. I also love the sketch of Mr. Mandela.

Other Mary said...

After so many years of service - Peace. This is a very compassionate point of view in your piece.

Mama Zen said...

A rest most well-deserved.

Anonymous said...


Doctor FTSE said...

Lovely tribute to a great man.

(What's Google+ anyway, apart from another wonderful way of frittering away our one life? Like Facebook. Like Twitter. Like bloggin' . . . steady on now, Doctor!)

Lydia said...

Thank you everyone for you comments. I sure am behind in replying and in visiting. Please forgive. And Happy 4th to those of you in the U.S.. :)

susan said...

Beautifully said, my friend. He's a good man and a great one in a world that has too few to lose.

Rob-bear said...

Delightful poem. From sleeping and drowsing, to dreaming, to Peace. All thoughtfully interconnected.

Great thoughts for a great man.

Blessings and Bear hugs!
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