On this day

David Kapp, Belthorn Estate

On this day

On this day

we are urged

repeatedly

on morning SAFM radio

to honour the country’s

first president’s ideals

On this day

On no other day

Not yesterday

Not tomorrow

but

On this day

a Mandela Day

worldwide

in every ghetto

of the mind

On this day

in South Africa’s

Mandela Month

when we sound-byte

ritually prescriptively

in the glare of the selfie

On this day

no abuse of women

no abuse of children

no human rights abuses

no delinquency

no smoking even

not just

for 67 minutes

but

on this day

not just

on this day

but

every day

in your life

Is this just