For Nelson Mandela

Posted December 9th, 2013 by Albert DeCiccio Ph.D., Provost, Southern Vermont College

Down South

Al DeCiccio

We all knew that

New free bird

Hatched from the Robben

Was meant to end an evil


That separated Blacks

From Whites,

That gave us the lie

Called apartheid.


Ninety-five years seems

Not long enough

For him to confront the truth

That still causes such pain:


Diversity is certain;

Unity’s uncertain.

We now miss Nelson Mandela–

the freed bird who became reconciler.

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