The spotlight falls upon the Cape
The media circus in full spate
As Nelson Mandela, ninety-four
Hangs onto life – but how long for?
A lung infection so we’re told
Has very firmly taken hold
This elder statesman much admired
Is weakening and growing tired.
South Africans of every hue
Dumbfounded, don’t know what to do
His cry for freedom heard once more
Will echo soon at Heaven’s door.
(c) Poet in the woods 2013