Item 2231 - Poem titled "The voice of hope" dedicated to Nelson Mandela by Shoaneng Sefali

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ZA COM MR-T-7-6-2231


Poem titled "The voice of hope" dedicated to Nelson Mandela by Shoaneng Sefali


  • 2022-07-18 (Creation)

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Sefali, Shoaneng is an English teacher at Sediba-Thuto Secondary School in Heilbron, Free State, in South Africa, his native country. He is currently the chairperson of two Provincial bodies: The Writers Forum and The English Teachers Association. He is a member of The National Association of English Teachers of South Africa. He attended quite a number of English training workshops including the recent one with the University of Massachusetts in the U.S.A. His passion of poetry is reflected in his teaching in the classroom. He started writing while he was still at high school, writing English poems, but later on translated them into Sotho language. It is now that he is starting to write in English again. He is a firm believer that the best way to share his deep and emotional thoughts ranging from nature, events, humanity and so on, is to have his work translated into different world languages.

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Poem titled "The voice of hope" dedicated to Nelson Mandela by Shoaneng Sefali.

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(In commemoration of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the universal icon that stood the test of Apartheid in South Africa.)

Let us rinse our ears to hear the voice of the voiceless
Standing firm against heinous crime over the powerless
Like Moses before Pharaoh, performing miracles
Holding a fragile glass, squeezing it hard against his muscles
The fur opened, and the sharp knife put on the neck of the sheep
The storm engulfed the palace of justice as the voice roared
If needs be, it is an ideal of which I'm prepared to die.

As the strings of malevolent system fag out and broke
They resort to violence to deprive the people of their destined freedom
PBX 131T was weaponized to start the evil war
The prominent character was cut at its prime age,
The country bled, and vengeance seemed to be a quick fix
But the sharp voice struck across the country
Lest be provoked by the evil to deny you of the light you see yonder

This voice, led us to the light of freedom
The voice, fed our troubled souls with hope
And on freedom day, it turned into thunder and roared:
Never, never, and never again
Shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience oppression of one by another.

This is the voice that saved this country from cold-blooded civil war
This is the voice that keeps ringing the bells of hope in our ears
The symbol of selflessness and ethical leadership
Without this voice, where would we be?
Long live the spirity of Nelson Mandela long live
Long live the spear of the nation long live

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Description prepared by Myeka, Zandile on 2022-07-19




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