The Long road to freedom
Rising from the manacles of serfdom
The Long trek from oppression
To the Land of Promotion.
The great lift from the valley
To the day and date with destiny
With the joyous cry of victory.
The dream of change became a reality
It was a day after the long night
It was a summer after the dry cold winter
A candle was lit that no one could quench
The victory key snatched, no one could wrench.
Many sowed their lives and their blood
Before the flower could bud and bloom.
Now that husbandman is gone
May the flower continue to bloom.
And may the fruit that came ever remain.
The Journey of Madiba;
From prison to president;
Astute freedom fighter;
Bold, courageous, valiant;
Importunate, unrelenting, adamant.
Champion of the down-trodden;
Beacon of those wrongly chained;
Bridge of the Great Divide;
Who swam against the Apartheid tide.
His freedom set others free;
His vision let many see
Vistas of regeneration-
A New era of emancipation.
Gave legacy- inspirational.
Had stature -international.
For this we can all be grateful;
For this we can all he hopeful;
What a life spent and well-spent!