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The Light Shines: A Poem for Madiba

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The Light Shines: A Poem for Madiba

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Former President Nelson Mandela

18th July 2018

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The Light Shines ...

 

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A beacon for revolutionary change,

a torch dispelling the narrowness of prejudice.

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The light shines.

A perennial flame in the quest for human dignity,

an eternal sentinel against the comforts of embraced apathy,

The light shines brightly,

today.

 

The light shall shine,

in your heart and mine.

 

The light shall shine,

tomorrow, and for all time.

Afzal Moolla was born in Delhi, India while his parents were in exile, working as political exiles against Apartheid in South Africa. He then travelled wherever his parent’s work took them, spending time in Egypt, Finland, and Iran. Afzal works and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

This poem was first published on Afzal Moolla's personal blog. 

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