“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve
greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
"Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela. The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to 'make of the world a better place.'. . . The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year's Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honouring Nelson Mandela's leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all."
It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.- Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Midweek Motif ~ Greatness
➤eminence, distinction, illustriousness, repute, high standing; importance, significance; celebrity, fame, prominence, renown ~ "a child destined for greatness"
➤genius, prowess, talent, expertise, mastery, artistry, virtuosity, skill, proficiency; flair, finesse; caliber, distinction ~ "her greatness as a writer"
I think Mandela had greatness in both senses.
Do you agree?
- Song of the Builders by Mary OliverOn a summer morningI sat downon a hillsideto think about God -a worthy pastime.Near me, I sawa single cricket;it was moving the grains of the hillsidethis way and that way.How great was its energy,how humble its effort.Let us hopeit will always be like this,each of us going onin our inexplicable waysbuilding the universe.
Out of the night that covers me,Black as the pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may beFor my unconquerable soul.In the fell clutch of circumstanceI have not winced nor cried aloud.Under the bludgeonings of chanceMy head is bloody, but unbowed.Beyond this place of wrath and tearsLooms but the Horror of the shade,And yet the menace of the yearsFinds and shall find me unafraid.It matters not how strait the gate,How charged with punishments the scroll,I am the master of my fate,I am the captain of my soul.
- Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community—
- (Next week Sumana’s Midweek Motif will be ~ wilderness.)
Done a mistake. Please remove the third link, Susan.ReplyDelete
Done. Good Wednesday.Delete
Hello everyone. Susan, your selection of this week's motif is appropriate, given the past week reality of President Trump. My first two poems deal with matters that are very personal to me. Whereas, the third poems is a satirical take on President Trump.ReplyDelete
And yes, even with spell check, I can't spell.Delete
Darn fingers. Can the first therisa-golden voices be removed? It's a hollow shell. Thank you.Delete
Done. But, Therisa, if you were to pick only one or two of these poems to post, which would you choose? You could refer us to the third ...Delete
Dear Susan! This is too important of a prompt not to respond. When I saw your prompt, I knew I had to make a brief appearance from my "non-writing" break. Thank you. :-)ReplyDelete
happy that you made this exception.Delete
Fabulous prompt. Happy Nelson Mandela Day to allReplyDelete
Writing a poem about Nelson Mandela brought back so many memories; it's amazing the links that exist!ReplyDelete
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