[Debate] Brutus poem, 'Christopher Gell' (new), 26/5/09
pbond at mail.ngo.za
Tue May 26 18:12:39 BST 2009
Dennis: "Answering a question about influences."
Christopher (CWM) Gell*
He was, believe me,the one
who most influenced me:
in his metal coffin-box -
some sombre sarcophagus -
the whispered barely-above-breath breath
that clangoured defiance:
yes, he was a man to ignite
the inagination, spark fresh courage:
a sick man struggling to stay alive
- tinder to strike sparks from ash,
hoarsely he spoke his watchword
mag-nan-ni-mous - Great Soul
offering, in turn, his homage
to Gandhi, who still inspired him.
* CWM Gell, Great campaigner striken with polio, spending his days in an
early iron lung. Died Port Elizabeth, May 1960.
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