Barack Mandela
Former Attorney, Military Veteran, and Philosopher

Bestselling Poem: Friendly Letter to Rupi Kaur

Her words hit so hard

That I see stars

Everything she said

Haunts me when I’m in bed

Life without her seems dangerous

So, I always come back to us

Our relationship makes no progress

It’s a complicated mess

Our love is like a game of chess

Our romance goes up and down

Yet, I’m empty when she’s not around

My smile turns into a frown

My words to her were just lies

So, she bowed her head and cried

Like rain it flows from her brown eyes

Let us come together again and rise

I sat alone like a home body

Since life without her is my own folly

We shine like the sun and her flowers

As she escapes my embrace ever hour

And our passion begins to sour

Nonstop warmth flows like milk and honey

Her love for me is more valuable than money

Leaving her embrace is never funny

Leaving Rupi is like the end of the Sabbath

Our love was never a boring habit

Turning my sanity into a savage

Time is blind

Our love is beyond time

As passionate as the end of time

She’s a Barbie doll inside my mind

Her pretty words hit so hard

Knocking me out to the stars

Her love I can no longer see

So, I just write my feelings in poetry.

The End

This poem is a tribute to Canadian poet, Rupi Kaur. Her poem collections have inspired my heart and soul, lifting me towards personal enlightenment.

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, College of the Law, San Francisco (Hastings) (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of the United States Air Force, United States Army, and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, Princeton University, Florida A&M, Howard University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias. I am a member of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and I am a member of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
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