By Ralph Geeplay
Here, tears laced, the broken heart must dance. What must have been a great loss to Africa
Has turn into stumping feet of songs for joy in Soweto!
In merriment of a drum major who played the bass
Gandhi must be pleased that apartheid mailed us. Two giants—fathers of two nations sprung like wells from evil. Excellence is inexplicable—where malevolence brings out the worse in man
Others will see beyond it, forgiving their pesters like rain washes dust!
King must be pleased, the legacy continued continents a part! Madiba the soul of Africa the gentle giant from Mveso.No, the whipping lashes of hate and prejudice produce light…yes.
Here goes the General who subdued Robben Island and conquered Pollsmoor
Victor Verster ain’t got nothing on you–for yours was the Underground railway behind intimate prison walls, freedom still We holler, today, so that others may live because you gave—Liberia mourns!
From Cape Palmas to Cape Mount to the Hills of Nimba and slums of Claratown!
The grumblings are heard from Pleebo to the river banks on the Montserrado! The rumblings downtown Waterside Market are heard like canon—a flower has Withered. Let’s dance to the beating rhythm from Soweto, Nelson Mandela, Aluta!
Ralph Geeplay is the Editor of the Liberian Listener