Mandela’s Prison Cell on Robben Island


In winter we visited the white quarry where Mandela worked

Robben Island where an Aushwitz like arch greets you

The banality of repression and prejudice glorified;

I imagine that will honed, re-honed sharpened with revision

Until it never slept

Now the shell fails, the physical man will fall

What a *fecht, what a fighter

Giving to us, to anyone the right not to live small.

*Scots word for fight

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