On Sunday, South Africans will lay to rest the remains of Nelson Mandela.
The legacy left by the activist and political prisoner who transformed a nation and became president is being remembered by politicians, historians and artists.
Among them is Thabiso Mohare, a young South African spoken word artist who performs under the name Afurakan. He wrote a poem for NPR about Mandela called "An Ordinary Man."
"An Ordinary Man"
In the end he died an ordinary man Only rich in wrinkles from where the spirit had been It would be the saddest days And we watched the world weep For a giant bigger than myths A life owned by many Now free as the gods
Some cried as though tomorrow was lost Some celebrated, questioned freedom and its cost Some seized the chance to stand on his shoulders While others cursed his grave and scorned wisdom of the elders
Stadiums were littered And those in the know spoke their fill Mourners paid tribute Monarch to President made the bill But still Where do I we begin In telling our children where these old bones have been And that we as next of kin Have inherited his struggle And he forever lives through our skin
And on his last day When the earth reclaims what's hers We will surrender his body but reignite his spirit We will write all we know and let history read it to our children And remind both scholar and critic That there once was a prisoner of freedom Who gave the world back its heart But in the end He died an ordinary man.