He was a man who never
hid behind a gun
knowing after years struggle
his time would come.
Justice and equality for all
was his driving force
and throughout the years
he did not waver from this course.
He argued his points to those
in the highest of office
and with secretive men and women
whose opinions were the polar opposite.
He did not believe land more important
than the people who inhabited it,
there was more than enough space
for people from different persuasions to fit.
For over thirty years he toiled
to help find a peaceful solution
and now the fruits of his labour
is now enshrined in a nations constitution.
Then with minimal fanfare
he retreated into the background
to enjoy his retirement in his hometown
which once was a battleground.
Thank you John,
for helping my country find peace
and for giving its oppressed people
the belief to rise up off their knees.