Nelson Mandela is a man I have not met, yet love.
He never met me, but knew me.
He inspired me to laugh, cry, think, feel, pray, and love.
My heart is heavy to hear of his passing.
May he rest in peace and watch over the world that mattered so much to him.
We are blessed to know this man and have his eyes upon us from heaven.
I shall cherish him always and with his memory, forever be keeping the faith.
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
W. H. Auden
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