Fathering The Nation: Mandela and Lee Kuan Yew
Two poems about two of the greatest statesman of our time and unique father of their nations.
"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."
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.
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
Ignited by the voice of braveness
and the astute vision
of a strong will
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.
March 23, 2015©
Fathering A Nation
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