What does it mean to bathe in truth and understanding?
What does it take to shake off stereotypes?
To protect from oppression?
Mahatma Gandhi had it.
Martin Luther King had it.
The vision to see through the fog and into the light,
To see not only the trees but also the combined woods.
Mandela took this to a more human level.
Not content with speaking of witnessed inequality,
Not one for voicing concerns and then withdrawing for others' political conclusion,
Rolihlahla pulled the branch of every tree,
Asserting that fruitfulness does not depend on type,
But rather on support and nurture,
That all can stand together to make a protective forest,
And that seeking togetherness is key to ending Apartheid,
Allowing even the purest of hearts to walk on the foundations of greatness.
For in life, it is what difference we have made to the lives of others,
That will determine the significance of the life we lead.
And in death, immortality of purity and truth is guaranteed.

RIP Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – "Madiba"

© Alex Frost 2013