Father of the Nation

For KK’s Flashback Track Friday prompt.

Having brokered career in law,
Let it go,
I could see things were unfair,
Let if go.

When the odds against were stacked,
Let it go,
I could see I had to act,
Let it go.

Took away my liberty,
Let it go,
When you threw away the key,
Let it go.

World expected to forget,
Let it go,
But I come back stronger, yet.
Let it go.

For all those years, neglected,
Let it go,
Yet released and then elected,
Let it go.

When I gained emancipation,
Let it go,
Became the Father of the Nation,
Let it go.

The thing I liked most about Nelson Mandela was the “truth and reconciliation” aspect. That he could turn around and say “despite all the evil you have done, my priority is to clean up the mess”. I think it shows the sign of a great man, this ability to see the big picture, and not to sweat the small stuff. People, South Africa of today, many other countries, could learn from this. Instead of which, they see no further than “retribution”.

I found this prompt quite difficult, because I tend to latch onto a particular viewpoint, rather than onto a person. Plus, I think we all come with flaws. My most influential politician, I agree with them on many issues, but not on all.

Just to illustrate my point about it being the issue rather than the person, I’ll include one of my favourite anti-apartheid anthems. I think the struggle against apartheid will undoubtedly be the greatest victory of my life, and while Nelson was probably the single, most important individual in that struggle, that we, as a collective, changed their society into something more fair is a much bigger thing.

The Candidate

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 26 February 2021, staunch.

Got so fed up, he stood for election,
From his mum, got the greatest affection,
She was advocate staunch
She was there at his launch,
But from everyone else, got rejection.