Posted 25 Dec 2013

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A PoetryZoo Christmas Story!

Oarabile Mashigo

Oarabile Mashigo

A Very Happy Christmas to all!

We enjoy hearing from all our members, especially at Christmas – and we were particularly pleased to receive an email from our youngest member, 14-year-old Oarabile Mashigo from South Africa. This email told the wonderful story of how poetry has utterly inspired him in life – to have the confidence “to dream bigger and go bigger”!

Oarabile wrote a poem in honour of the great Nelson Mandela – and after being posted on our PoetryZoo International Tribute, the poem was picked up and published by the South African national newspaper – where many admired its moving, heartfelt qualities – and then again by the South African Broadcasting channel website, where it has already attracted 200 Likes before Christmas Day – not to mention the poem also being published on the US Embassy’s South Africa page.

Oarabile is rightly proud and delighted, as is his family – and everyone at PoetryZoo! His story shows the inspirational power of poetry and what it truly means to get your poems out there…  A truly fitting poetic story for the festive season. Oarabile and his family are happy for us to share his lovely email with you, so here it is – telling the story of his poem’s journey and how it has positively affected Oarabile’s life’s aspiration. As he says, he got a chance to shine – and proved a star!

Subject: Thanks

Hi my name is oarabile mashigo and I would just would like to thank you guys for posting my nelson mandela poem on your site and I forever grateful I’m only 14 years old and because of you guys I was able to get my poem published on the south african national newspaper and the south african broadcasting channel’s website where I received 200 likes and counting
Poetry zoo has changed my life and made me believe that I can become successful in poetry and in life and for that I’m forever grateful
Right now my poem is on the embassy of usa in south Africa’s page and getting a lot of likes and I’m thankful to you guys
Continue giving poets not only in africa but the rest of the world a chance that I got to shine and showcase there work
I know this is just the start but you have given me confidence to dream bigger and go bigger in life
Heck I might just enter my poem at my school’s talent show and even SOUTH AFRICA’S GOT TALENT

Thank you guys

Yours sincerely

Oarabile mashigo
South africa
Age 14

You can read Oarabile’s poem at - and other work by him at

Oarabile’s poem is one of 70 original poems written in response to the news of the death of Nelson Mandela; the full tribute is here:

We look forward to reading more of your festive poems too – keep contributing to the PoetryZoo Christmas anthology at!

With all love and best wishes at Christmas,

Gillian and Richard,

PoetryZoo Keeper

by The PoetryZoo Keeper