The above photo was taken at Liliesleaf in Rivonia, South Africa, August 2011 by Donna Brenneis. Mandela was arrested here before imprisonment on Robben Island.
who replaces their thoughts, zooming
around our universe on a hummingbird's wing
to ensure tomorrow's wisdom floats in
on a cloud that will rain yellow butterflies of courage,
heart flakes of understanding into our
atmosphere of manufactured fear.
will the color of their words create a
lavender sky and pink marshmellow scents
to provide epiphanies that change lives in a
will the memory of their selfless lives
show us the way to a road
seldom taken in today's bickering world of
entitlement for the few?
will their spirits flicker among us,
to the forgotten beat of toyi-toyi
just as a reminder?
Donna Ruth Brenneis
June 5, 2011