Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show on Thursday, Feb.23 had the honor to present Icis C. Benjamin with a special e-poem for Nelson Mandela at 1:30 PM , PST.
World Poetry Café team: Ariadne Sawyer , Producer and host , Ruth Kozak , guest host, Victor Schwartzman and Sharon Rowe.
Our E-Poetry of the Week features a tribute to Nelson Mandela for the last day of Black History Month.
Icis C. Benjamin hails from the beautiful island of Antigua in the Caribbean. Lived in the U. S. Virgin Islands for twenty four years where she worked with the Department of Education as an English teacher.
He was a brave and valiant soldier
Who fought hard to rid apartheid
Though arrested and thrown in jail
With all he got vigorously he tried
Imprisoned but he kept a level head
Not knowing how long he would be there
For the people he stood firm without falter
Giving them hope so they’ll have no fear.
Committed no crime, yet he served time
Because he stood by his beliefs
Incarceration allow time to strategize
To his followers freedom brought relief.
When elected for the role of president
Many around the globe-that day-rejoiced
It was the moment they’ve been awaiting
A neutral, dedicated, and powerful voice.
He led his people in the way entitled
And his rule didn’t include greed
When the time devoted came to an end
He took his leave and bowed out indeed.
His retirement was of a quiet life style
Spending quality time with his family
On occasions his name circulated, but
Keeping a low profile made him happy.
Then his health started to deteriorate
Causing thousands to be concerned
Many took time from busy schedules
For any update in which to be learned.
December fifth two thousand thirteen
The sad news reached listening ears
Of the passing of a great world’s leader
Bringing to their faces streaming tears.
He fought for justice and gained respect
Differently–others now view South Africa
The time has come for his lengthy rest
So sleep on our brother, Nelson Mandela!
~icb~ is in Central Florida where writing poetry, cooking, traveling, and spending time with my grandchildren are dear to my heart!” (C) All rights reserved.