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The tree falls and winter comes
The giant saviour that became the saint
Is on the last journey back to his origins
Time worn, like an aspiration compromised
They wait on the sidelines
The whole world waits
For the covenant made with him is too strong a bind
To snap before the tree falls
Though bursting at the seams

The giant sleeps….their neediness keeps the saint alive
Incapacitated by the smiles of hope
Spread in the hearts of little children
It is easy to forget
That the dream is for all

Qhawe lamaqhawe

Ntsika yesizwe
Umhle umsebenzi wakho
Uyancomeka kwaye usithwele
Konke kwenzekile
Uyidlalile indima yakho
Ntsika yesizwe

The giant sleeps
Our fears keep the saint alive
To save us another day


About Simphiwe Dana

Musician, Writer, Activist, Mom


5 thoughts on “Madiba

  1. Dear Simphiwe. Would like to possibly use this poem in my daily updates and tributes for Madiba in next Thursday’s edition if Madiba is still in hospital. How can I get hold of you? Simone. Daily Sun

    Posted by nurswan | December 21, 2012, 17:38
  2. Apologies: I should have given my email sheradien@gmail.com

    Posted by nurswan | December 21, 2012, 18:03
  3. Very inspiring sisi Simphiwe and deservedly to Iqhawe lamaqhawe, Intsika yeSizwe sama Afrika utata wabantu.

    Posted by Sbusiso Wise Ngubane (@Sbuwise) | January 3, 2013, 12:12
  4. Wow sisi that’s beautiful. It couldn’t have been written at a most appropriate time. Siyabulela sisi

    Posted by elamluxolo | January 4, 2013, 14:52

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