Fathering The Nation: Mandela and Lee Kuan Yew

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Two poems about two of the greatest statesman of our time and unique father of their nations.

Courage

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
-Nelson Mandela



Summons to Nations

A call to peace
and for all the sovereign nations or at war
the road was endless
but only few numbered souls
walked the balancing act
for the freedom sound
over the belfry of common sense.

The selfless act
so seldom seen,
will not perish to seed the land
blasphemed in ages to rest in our hands
so that inequality may burned
to fertile all our sons
cleansing sinful forbearance.

-December 2013

Into the grave..

"Even from my sickbed, even if you are going to lower me into the grave and I feel that something is going wrong, I will get up..."
-Lee Kuan Yew

Farewell
(An Elegy)

Ignited by the voice of braveness
and the astute vision
of a strong will
to build
a
nation
tethered by
robust colonial past
calls the rarest breed of a man.

Though history may be kind
the memory of men will entwined
to the result of battle cry
only few have the chance to try

Engrave in the Pantheon of our time
we will never see a storied saint on his prime
but another mortal in quest of identity
not to the realm of his own humanity
but to the greatest good
of asserting fatherhood
and firm to his station
in raising a nation.

Farewell
farewell.


March 23, 2015©

-SaigonDemanila

Fathering A Nation


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Africa, Lee Kuan Yew, Legacy, Nation, Nelson Mandlea, Singapore

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Dear friends and foes: I am a teacher, a poet, an artist, self-published author on art & poetry, CSN Life Skill coach and an international marketer.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

Great share! Thanks!

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Jessica...glad you like it!

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author avatar Dawn143
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

lovely synopsis of leadership and purpose within your writing. I enjoyed the many nuances and the solid form throughout. Amazing!

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
25th Mar 2015 (#)

I really appreciated your comment Dawn, hope you visit some of my archives.

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author avatar M G Singh
24th Mar 2015 (#)

Great post on 2 unforgettable men

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
25th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan for dropping by and for your wonderful comment.

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author avatar sarosh
25th Mar 2015 (#)

These two are great personalities and respected by all

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
25th Mar 2015 (#)

Indeed they are, though they may not be perfect but they excelled in what they know best -how to lead their nation.

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author avatar Retired
25th Mar 2015 (#)

Great men, awesome post!

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
25th Mar 2015 (#)

Big thanks for the appreciation Carmen!

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author avatar peachpurple
13th Jul 2015 (#)

I like the lky short quotes, very meaningful

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
13th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Peachpurple!

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author avatar Marzeus von Hemelen
1st Dec 2015 (#)

Nice worship of leaders.

You might have mixed feelings about Mandela though if you were to live in South Africa as a citizen for more than two weeks.

You'll soon be asking, was it worth it?

And realise, nothing is worth anything.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

Hmmm.. For two weeks?

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author avatar Marzeus von Hemelen
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

Yeah I sorta thought the first two weeks you might like the new environment and all, like a vacation.

But then you'd start noticing that mandela's ANC government is today a corrupt criminal mafia that have one goal and that's to plunder state coffers and exploit the citizens with scams, schemes and heartless oppression.

Was Mandela's story worth it? To the people who made millions upon millions selling that black african sob story, yes. To actual south africans who have to live in the hopeless nightmare of ANC rule, hell no.

But let me not be a wet blanket right after you thought you had written a worship psalm to somebody divine.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

Hmmm..didnt knew my article can be considered under the context of "worship"...its a poem simply to put forwardpeace in a world divide.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

Lee kuan yew is not immaculate clean either but this two recently pass away with rightful mark to hitory for what they did for their country...an end to apartheid and a birth of a young nation for Sngapore who just turn 50.

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author avatar Marzeus von Hemelen
2nd Dec 2015 (#)

You can't compare the two.

I believe in the case of Singapore, the change was for the better.

In the case of South Africa, it jumped from one frying pan into another, except the second frying pan would be "politcally incorrect" to improve, so there's kind of no hope for a better future any time soon unless there's some warlike revolution, which we don't want.

Anyway, viva la Singapore!!

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
15th Apr 2016 (#)

There was no comparison but just exaltation for the two men.

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