O Madiba! Madiba your ship has finally come to rest Rest now, now rest, for peace was your bequest. Humiliated, disgraced, yet in captivity you chose By embracing your enemy, you learnt and rose. † † †Insulted, assaulted, assaulting, at fault, † † †Lover, Soldier, for Justice, for Godís sake! † † †Stop work, break bread, water and salt † † †And follow in his wake.†
O Madiba! Tata Madiba you who have overcome A true mandala spun, a Nelson who has won Overcoming loneliness, cowardice and fear. Bravery but a blindness brought on by all held dear....
A rosary of olive pits A prayer of Maaloula One stone, kindness One stone, love, another grace Another joy. A cross: a salvation. † Take me to the grave of St.Tekla This virgin raped and freshly dead Tied by a chain, Now violence, now hatred, stolen, Now anger, now fear Cut our tongues. † Creating our martyrs, To remind us of a peace Neglected beside us Reflected in water. Tih-teh mal-chootukh Your kingdom is come.
Bring in the wine Green shoots on broken trees A whispering breeze of past glories On this river sublime. Sing in the dusk That brought us together
A table of friends A shaky hand clasping yours. Tremble words, lengthen minutes. A wine of water born A cask in shadows Divining these stumbling prayers. † Oh bring the wine Unravel trammelled rails A constellation drawn on stars A verse held in rhyme When the sea Beckons a wind in our sails
A dust bowl spinning from a bamboo goal A centre that couldn't hold A wrapped corpse floating on a bamboo raft Set loose from a million souls Atoms broken from worlds And ink words burning in bamboo smoke Never again to be heard. † But a heart beats in-out-in Like breath And what ends must begin Like breath And though a universe may spin I can sit and sing † And coalesce .