Poets' Corner: Feela On Mandela

Freedom fighter, prisoner, moral compass, South Africa’s symbol of the struggle against racial oppression, an icon of equality and in the words of our President “the last great liberator of the 20th century.” Nelson Mandela died last Thursday, December 5.  Joyous South African and dozens of foreign dignities are in Soweto, Africa today to memorialize the great man. We received the following poem in Mandela’s honor from a favorite member of Telluride Inside… and Out’s wonderful family of poets. David Feela‘s tribute below.

MANDELA 95 Years
 ~July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013
Shadows of the first days lengthen
like steel bars across the floor.
Parallel lines take the mind down its railroad track,
a freight train that won’t stop
for more than 10,000 days.It doesn’t matter
if you stand or sit.
Life.  You stop counting.

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David Feela

David Feela

David Feela, recently retired from a 27-year teaching gig, was a “Colorado Voice” for the Denver Post. He worked for over a decade as a contributing editor and columnist at Inside/Outside Southwest magazine and now contributes occasional pieces to High Country News’s “Writers on the Range”, as well as a monthly piece for the Four Corners Free Press and the Durango Telegraph. David’s first full-length book of poetry, The Home Atlas, was released in 2009 through WordTech. A book of his essays, How Delicate These Arches: Footnotes From the Four Corners (Raven’s Eye Press) is now available.

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