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From Nelson Mandela statue, Washington DC
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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Gary Corseri has published & posted his work at hundreds of venues worldwide, including Op Ed News, The New York Times, CounterPunch, CommonDreams, DissidentVoice, L.A. (and Hollywood--) Progressive. He has been a professor in the US & Japan, has (more...)

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