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Mainstream, VOL LVI No 33 New Delhi August 4, 2018

You are the Strength

Tuesday 7 August 2018

You are just number 466/64 to them

sweeping dusty paths,

tilling and raking the soil of that island.

But you are the strength,

the determination

that flows through the veins of your children

fighting for you,

you and all those numbers.

Yes, with your spade firmly in your hand

till and rake the soil, Mandela,

like your brothers, sisters, sons 

and daughters

who toil and sweat for Africa

She is ours

we too shall know no rest 

till she comes back to us. 

Ilva Mackay

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