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Hamba Kahle - Go Carefully, Go Well

 
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Alan Edward Roberts



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:55 am    Post subject: Hamba Kahle - Go Carefully, Go Well Reply with quote

This is a poem written this week as “A wish for South Africa” by Nan Kay-Walton ...


Hamba Kahle, Nelson Mandela

Strong gentle spirit, go carefully into the night.
You let South Africa breathe the fresh air of freedom
And take courage in releasing the tensions of fear.

Soft whispering breezes around the world
When gathered have the strength of typhoons.

So your spirit reminds us that all creatures share the same air;
Your out-breath and release of fear
Becomes my in-breath full of strength and resolve.


Nan Kay-Walton


(Note: Hamba Kahle means “Go carefully, go well” in Zulu and other South African languages)
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Peter Blumsom



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought this one of John's might go nicely here.

Reflections on the passing of
Nelson Mandela


A leader leads, committees cannot;
Here ambitions often surface and compete.
Some posturing for a hoped for prize.
Or indeed, the prize of leader.
Loyalties are fickle.
And, without the bond of trust.
The leader is alone, the prisoner of a vacillating popular will,
That may reap a sudden bubble reputation,
But can, so quickly, turn to scorn.
Leaders have their own particular strengths.
And savage tyrants come and go.
But the sure ground of humanity is the common base
From which great leaders rarely stray.
Sure-footed, tolerant yet firm.
Their view is wide.
And with a sense of humour married to humility.
Their words are heard and naturally inspire.

14 th December 2013
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