Nelson Mandela – Tribute – Simple Minds – Mandela Day – Video

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela

It Is What It Is


Published on Jul 5, 2013

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Xhosa pronunciation: [xoˈliːɬaɬa manˈdeːla]; born 18 July 1918) is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election.

His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.


A Xhosa born to the Thembu royal family, Mandela attended Fort Hare University and the University of Witwatersrand, where he studied law. Living in Johannesburg, he became involved in anti-colonial politics, joining the ANC and becoming a founding…

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In mind you are

Where thoughts propound,

In twilight’s shifting storm,


Regulated by

Heartfelt instincts warm.



Urges clarity,

Synchronised illusions


For authenticity.

Restrictive brain

Conflicts with aim

Trepidation normal,

Redacted thoughts

Encounter dreams,

Civility fashions formal.

Soul Connections

Across the distance,


Transmits a message,

Only we,

Tied to other

As a twin,

May understand

And therefore win

The knowing that

No words need speak,

For souls communicate

And seek.

Then distance

Falls apart when one

Lifts the phone

And tells the sum

Total of

What they have heard.

The message relayed

Without a word.

My friendships

Know this strange connection.

Spirits speak,

No greater affection.

Caravan For Two

Come walk with me through city streets

Where citizens may meet and greet.

Into the parks we’ll wander, while

We touch and gaze and fondly smile.

Then to the countryside we’ll go,

Where no one there will ever know

Why two who lie in fields of green

Share a love that’s rarely seen.

Two who walk as close as we

Share such clear affinity,

Passersby will nod and see,

No need of others. No, not we.

Into the desert, caravan

Will lead us where no woman, man

Or child has ever ventured, then

We’ll journey space until we learn

That souls united cannot falter.

Love will conquer. This cannot alter.