The river ran through you

 

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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela – Source: Mail & Guardian

The river ran through you

Sometimes in your lonely tears

Sometimes like bounteous rain

For the forlorn and forgotten

 

Sometimes it seeped through

Cracks hardened by scorching

Sometimes it gushed with rage

In thorny jungles among fallen trees

 

Sometimes it tried to engulf you

Still – you rose to walk tall and regal

Rising after each tumultuous fall

Sometimes it flowed in your smiles

 

As lenses flash and accolades stream in

It is clear – you cast your own shadow

Carved your own path through the valleys

The hills and treacherous mountains

 

Sometimes an enigma in your depths

But now always our crowning waterfall