31 ianuarie 1985

31 ianuarie este o zi importanta pentru mine. Si pentru ca aceasta zi se apropie, imi aminteste de un eveniment:

On 31 January 1985 State President P W Botha offers Nelson Mandela, leader of the banned African National Congress (ANC), conditional release from the prison sentence he had been serving since the conclusion of the Rivonia Trial in 1964. The condition of his release is that he renounces violence, and violent protest, as a means to bring about change in South Africa.

Mandela communicates his refusal of the offer through his daughter, Zinzi Mandela, who reads his statement to this effect at a rally in Soweto on 10 February 1985. He states that the ANC’s only adopted violence as a means of protest ” when other forms of resistance were no longer open to us “.

Invictus este poezia care l-a inspirat pe Nelson in toti anii de inchisoare. Are you the captain of your soul?


by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

2 Replies

  1. Poseidon Reply

    Intre cer si pamant!

    Hotarat lucru: daca stii cu convingere pentru cine scrii (pentru tine sau pentru cei ce te citesc), atunci, ceea ce ramane aici este vocea unui om care viseaza, spera, lupta, rationeaza, constientizeaza, simte, scrie, iubeste, tolereaza, ajuta, refuza, construieste, impartaseste, dispretuieste, schimba, strange in suflet si in minte pulsul pamantului, zumzetul urban, strigatul mut al naturii, “un mine printre oameni”…

    P.S.: Si pentru ca mi-ai luat-o inainte si ai dat TU un semn inainte de 31 ianuarie, nu imi ramane decat sa te imbratisez, Indira Maris…(La Multi Ani!)

  2. Indira Reply

    Iti multumesc, Catalina!