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A poem for the memory of Nelson Mandela

a short poem for a sad moment (originally titled Metro Center)

0c092de720bc7614237e6f79c6960d2dby Raymond Maxwell08 Dec 2013

He always knew
his enemies
would not be able
to destroy him -

nor would
violence or disease
conspire to
take him out –

nor would he be
behind the wheel
when he crossed
the River Jordan –

one night he would
fall asleep, as usual,
and wake up
in Beulahland.