Legendary apartheid-era dissident poet, writer and publisher, James Matthews, has visited Mrs Leah Tutu at home to share a special poem dedicated to Archbishop Tutu over a cup of tea.
Matthews, now 92-years-old, was detained by the government in 1976. His poetry was banned and he was denied a passport for 13 years.
Best known for the volume of firebrand poetry, Cry Rage (1972), in recent years he published an extraordinary series of poems on the subject of ageing – Age is a Beautiful Phase – and struck up a friendship with the Tutus.
A poem dedicated to Archbishop Desmond Tutu
a priest of the people
a man filled with piety
who defied the horror
with personal confrontation
those in the western world awarded him the
Nobel Peace Prize
he was not a seeker
displaying the humility granted
for us who strived to follow
a banner and glowing beacon
forever etched in our
heart and mind
Leah Tutu, we are grateful sharing
James Matthews (10 March 2022)