Let us recall some great poets who played their roles in society, who enhanced our childhood with laughter, grace, life, etiquette and skills. The same ones who enriched our today with their powerful words. What is your favorite piece of art from these great people? can you recall? Enjoy this piece I wrote below:
We travelled a long way from the Tainos and Columbus
We travelled a long way from the French who attacked us
We travelled a long way from a slavery plantation
We travelled a long way from a British owned nation
We travelled a long way from Trelawny was Governor
We travelled a long way from rebelling against slave owners
We travelled a long way from having national heroes
U.N.I.A act, political roles, lamenting our fallen soldiers your replacement is zero.
We travelled a long way from the birth of Rastafarianism
We travelled a long way to laugh at who still practice racism
We travelled a long way to dance to our own reggae music
Our gold medal athletes, beauty queens, you name it.
Now lets travel with our poets and writers,
because they too have come along way.
They too have made a bright mark on our timelines,
At times when it was dark they showed us a brighter day.
Louis Simpson “people live here”
Stacy Ann Chin “I’ve walked long roads to get here”
Lorna Goodison from “heartease” to “travelling mercies”
Claude McKay “if we must die”
Evan Jones “song of the banana man” sing it loud! I dare you to try.
John Figueroa who wrote “blue mountain peak”
American made Maya Angelou “why caged bird sings” gives clarity to those that seek.
Andrew Salkey “deep footprints” oh how we walk.
Louise Bennett “mouth- a- massi” for those who talk
Then how can I forget Olive Lewin with her “brown girl in the ring”
My respect still goes to all others never mentioned your work is being noticed keep shining.
By: Shana Mccormack