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This Land


This Land

I love this land,
This land of my birth,
This wild and beautiful land,
This land of promise
And possibility,
With the hidden potential
To become another Eden
(the garden, I mean);
This land of plenty
Whose animals reflect
Its human inhabitants –
The strength of the lion and leopard
And the overt power of the elephant,
Rhino, hippo and buffalo,
The grace and sensitivity of the deer,
But humans can be subverted
Where animals cannot.
I pray Lord that You choose
Strong and powerful leaders
With moral courage and integrity
To lead us back on the path
To the fulfilment of Your dream
For this our land, our Rainbow Nation.



Rainbow Nation
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is credited with coining the phrase Rainbow Nation.

Rainbow Nation is a term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa, after South Africa’s first fully-democratic election in 1994.

The phrase was elaborated upon by President Nelson Mandela in his first month of office, when he proclaimed: “Each of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.”[1]

The many migrations that formed the modern Rainbow Nation.
The term was intended to encapsulate the unity of multi-culturalism and the coming-together of people of many different nations, in a country once identified with the strict division of white and black.
In a series of televised appearances, Tutu spoke of the ‘Rainbow People of God’. As a cleric, this metaphor drew upon the Old Testament story of Noah’s Flood, and its ensuing rainbow of peace. Within South African indigenous cultures, the rainbow is associated with hope and a bright future (as in Xhosa culture).
The secondary metaphor the rainbow allows is more political. Unlike the primary metaphor, the room for different cultural interpretations of the colour spectrum is slight. Whether the rainbow has Newton’s seven colours, or five of the Nguni (i.e., Xhosa and Zulu) cosmology, the colours are not taken literally to represent particular cultural groups. The implied rhetoric avoids direct reference to colour in the sense of race (especially when acknowledging that natural rainbows have neither white nor black, the two race-associative colours). The colours are simply said to symbolise the diversity of South Africa’s usually unspecified cultural, ethnic or racial groups.

Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

16 thoughts on “This Land

  1. I like what you did here:
    “To become another Eden
    (the garden, I mean);”

    Things aren’t looking too good at the moment, but we must keep our hopes up.

    Have a nice day adee, seems that earlier chill was a fib.


    • Ooh, I’m still chilly…

      I’m hoping things are going to change… ever optimistic, but you never know… I think with the strikes the masses have realised their strength, but it remains to be seen how they will use it…


  2. I am also worried what’s been happening but will never ever give up hope…no other place in this whole wide world can compare. Enjoyed and felt this very much Adee. Much love xx


  3. I feed sad we seem to be more of a muddy mix at present that the hopeful rainbow


  4. ….I love our country….with all it`s ups and downs….


  5. Thanks for a peek into your world!


  6. great implications!


  7. i echo your prayer…a beautiful nation you have that has been through so much…


  8. Beautiful, as usual 😉

    I truly enjoy your passionate prayer and yet, the touch of humor, makes it so much easier to swallow…not so much grit.

    BTW, I am a HUGE Nelson Mandela fan…Have you seen Invictus??


    • Thank you so much…

      Yes I have it on DVD. Actually, although I loved it, I felt it could have been improved upon. It seemed to me to be rather superficial. The atmosphere in our WHOLE COUNTRY was absolutely fantastically, magical – I can’t describe it in words – but the feelings – one could drown in the good feelings, which just goes to show how things could be!!! Besides Madiba, The Arch (Tutu) is a wonderful man and not afraid to speak out and he has taken Madiba’s place as a role model because Madiba is now too old unfortunately.


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