Special Tribute To Madiba (A Poem)

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
I hear the people talk
They talk about a great African; Nelson Mandela
The women are often busy
But they are not too busy to talk about Madiba
I hear they love the great African leader for different reasons
Some love him for his selflessness
Others love him because he left no space for hate in his heart.
I hear the people talk
They talk from across nations of the world
They talk about the life and times of Madiba
They are often busy
But not too busy to flip through the pages of history books
Volumes of books with stories about the life and times of a great African
The same stories that flow with the same passion across nations of the world.
I hear the people say the curtains have been drawn
It is nightfall, they say and  Madiba  must get some rest
He has been through a long walk to freedom
He achieved a great feat as a great African leader
He fought relentlessly and loved totally
I hear many Africans are green with ‘good envy’ for South Africa
But wait, MADIBA completed his last journey on December 15, 2013! 
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”---  NELSON MANDELA.