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From http://www.flickr.com/photos/87913776@N00/11270863865/: Nelson Mandela statue, Washington DC
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When the Great Man died

the hypocrites came out and cried,

"When shall we see his likes again?"

But, secretly they said,

"He was a troublesome spirit in his youth,

but we broke him.

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"(Breaking rocks in the sun year after year

will break the hardest men.)

"The seasons changed... and he was 'suitable.'

(We'd worn him down; time chiseled him.)

"We would play up his 'non-vengeful' spirit.

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(What vengeance will a man in his 70s wreak?)

"We let him mambo on the World Stage.

For playing our game, we gave him: new teeth;

a home; comfort in his old age.

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