Mandela

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When the Great Man died
the hypocrites came out and cried,
“When shall we see his likes again?”

But, secretly they said,

“He was a troublesome spirit in his youth,
but we broke him.

“(Breaking rocks in the sun year after year
will break the hardest men.)

“The seasons changed… and he was ‘suitable.’
(We’d worn him down; time chiseled him.)

“We would play up his ‘non-vengeful’ spirit.
(What vengeance will a man in his 70s wreak?)

“We let him mambo on the World Stage.
For playing our game, we gave him: new teeth;
a home; comfort in his old age.

Gary-Corseri-a“‘Don’t call me,’ he said; ‘I’ll call you.’
He didn’t call, of course; nor did we.

“He got the ‘moral victory’; we took the spoils:
gold and diamonds; cheap labor; land to die for,
to kill for. …”

Gary Corseri

Published by the LA Progressive on December 10, 2013
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About Gary Corseri

Gary Corseri has published novels, collections of poetry, and his dramas have appeared on Atlanta-PBS and elsewhere. His work has appeared at periodicals and websites worldwide, and he has performed his work at the Carter Presidential Library. gary_corseri@comcast.net.

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