Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

To honor the passing of Nelson Mandela, here is a poem I wrote in Cape Town during the 2010 World Cup.

Cape Town

How can they be so friendly
In this formerly tripartite city
Wouldn’t years of separation
Breed distrust of the others
Yet they have overcome such division
In only half a generation

Afrikaners Blacks Coloureds
I’ve met them all
All beautiful
So comfortable in their own skin
Which used to restrict them

I’ve been all over the world
And never felt more welcomed
Nor at home than in
Cape Town

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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3 Responses to Nelson Mandela

  1. Emily Cooper says:

    When I heard of his passing, I immediately thought of that poem and was hoping you’d remember you had written it. :-)


    • I’m honored you remembered it. I’ll never forget that trip to Cape Town. My only regret is that I didn’t make it to Robben Island. I waited until the last few days of my trip and the seas were too rough for the ferry.


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