To Ragmat, on your 80th Birthday:

YOU ARE WOMAN

Long, long ago,

When our world was cold as ice,

You were there,

With all your warmth.

Mother, sister, woman, friend,

Reserved, angelic and unassuming.

You, woman, have lived through two changes,

From a racist regime, to a Democracy.

Mother, sister, woman, friend,

You paced your ground so firm.

Your sacrifice was not in vain,

Woman with your frail purity,

So strong at heart.

Mother, sister, woman, friend,

Life was a ghastly nightmare,

We were lost and far from home,

You were there.

Mother, sister, woman, friend,

Reserved, angelic and unassuming,

You were there to lead us home.

 Gladys Thomas, Ocean View 2007