Poets' Corner: Feela On Mandela

Freedom fighter, prisoner, moral compass, South Africa’s symbol of the struggle against racial oppression, an icon of equality and in the words of our President “the last great liberator of the 20th century.” Nelson Mandela died last Thursday, December 5.  Joyous South African and dozens of foreign dignities are in Soweto, Africa today to memorialize the great man. We received the following poem in Mandela’s honor from a favorite member of Telluride Inside… and Out’s wonderful family of poets. David Feela‘s tribute below.

 ~July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013
Shadows of the first days lengthen
like steel bars across the floor.
Parallel lines take the mind down its railroad track,
a freight train that won’t stop
for more than 10,000 days.It doesn’t matter
if you stand or sit.
Life.  You stop counting.

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