She ignites the fire that is used
to start an oven hot enough to cause a stir.
She watches as all the ingredients are gathered
and helps to lift the bag with a compromised spine ...
One by one - every item is carefully selected.
She pounds the pavement equally
with just as much effort as the others do
Since that is what is required for the end product to brew.
Her eyes light up with expectation
as she sees the potential begin to rise.
No one knows what the outcome will be
But everyone hopes for a masterpiece.
At the end of it the fire is put out
and hunger sets in for the reward to be reaped.
Only she stands where she does
awaiting her slice of what she knows will help
To nourish her and those in her care
But there is not enough for her.
She must be fed, so she awaits her turn
hoping that she will be treated fairly
for all the work that she has done
in getting the end product to where it is.
But all she ends up with are ...
... t h e c r u m b s.
- Stacey A. Palmer
I wore only the best designer clothes
My skin was spotless and beauty all around
And I knew I would soon move uptown
I never knew what it meant to be humble.
I walked pass everyone on the road with my head held high
Very proud not even a good morning or a hello
I suddenly felt a very heavy spirit and sighed
I suddenly looked to the sun and it was yellow
I remembered a man called Jesus who came and walked in humility.
I began to sing psalms and smiled
Why should I bear this burden and not be like a child
I lift my head and decided to go the extra mile
I decided to give up my lifestyle and to stop being wild
I want to be like Jesus so I humbled myself.
- Hortense Francis
Good People Still Deh Yah
Dem seh Jamaica gone
Gunman a lick shat
Policeman a lick shat
Soljah man a lick shat
Wi fraid fi walk pan road afta
Wi fraid fi upen wi doah wen
Wi fraid wen wi hear smady knack
pan wi gate
An wi fraid fi even seh
A who dat?
A nuh fi wi wan country tan soh
God people still deh yah
Man drap dung pan road
People run goh tek im up
Man drap dung cause 'im hungry
People run goh gi 'im good
Wi si dung a look pan di
Highway two thousand
An man a seh nutten naah gwaan
But whole heap a tings a gwaan
Business place a lack dung
Pickney a drap outta school
People a try fi sell weh naah sell
das dem caan eat food
Nuff tings a gwaan
But good people still deh yah
Di sun still a shine
Rain still a fall
Food a bear galore
Black man still care
White man still care
Chiney man still care
Faar nuff ah dem ah help nuff
people out a desperate
Good people still deh yah
-V. O. Ricketts
The Zika Virus
Travelling from Africa
In planes and boats
and motor cars
To nation after nation
near and far
The Zika virus is
here with us
Resulting in fever, muscle pain and strain
again and again
Tiredness, rash and conjunctivitis
Swelling of the hands and feet
Sickness lasting up to a week
Making the victims weak
And for the babies it's terrible
Some are born dead, many
with unusually small heads
And lots of strain
There is indescribable pain
A life down the drain
And from pregnancy women
But there is no one to blame
Only the illness should be blamed
In such a deadly game.
An infectious disease causing
transmitted by mosquito bites
morning, noon and night
When the time is right
And there is no vaccine
So prevention is better
And our health we must ensure
So clean up the surroundings
destroy the breeding sites
with all your might
for this is right
To avoid this malady
It will save people's lives
And each and everybody
In a thousand different ways.
- Ferdinand Boyd
You come to me when I'm alone
On the right time, as time has shown
We sail on waves of being alone
And being together
together you give me the right thoughts
The thoughts I rather
As I rather have you in my arms
But these charms are in the dark awaiting an hour of dawn
Your smile is amazing
Your style is amazing
I like the concept you were raised in
You were raised in
What I define as perfected truth
I like your eyes, they're really cute
Now you're making me smile
And I'm just diving in the fresh waters of this moment
I'm hoping you're open
We holding our own tent
I pull the zipper midway
Left a window for the big day
I won't out this candle
I imagine it reflect your coming in bridal presence
Reverence my cradle
Nurtured and cultured without a label
Details of your beauty in flowers
From sketches to lines
Shadings to colour's
Prism my light
Painting my spectrum
Of the man
I want you to understand
Like in my heart
I'm never taking you out my mind
- Kemel Henry
Softly I heard the gentle knocking at my heart
Persistent, consistent, seeking to take a part
Ignored, but still my attention it sought
Then the longing starts, tugging, it tears me apart
Intrigued, timidity halt, curiously I ventured to see
What this insistence meant
For surely this intrusion I resent.
It offered all that I sought
Beckoned for me to open my heart
Fingers of passion, soothingly massaging my skin
propelling me to where I never imagined
Eroding all my resistance, it entered in
Then gradually, calmly, I conceded
To this tranquil sensation heeded
Torrents of joy flooding my soul, my heart
This tantalising titillation ignited a spark
Oh! How delightful, mesmerising me totally
Intoxicated, I delved eagerly, loving the excitability
Captivated, enthralled I grasp this reality
I almost scream,
Do you know what this means?
I had no option but to yield
to this amazing, enticing tranquillity.
Adorable, angelic, how ravishing thou aught
Bewitching me with your radiance without a thought
Surrendered. Your dazzling splendour I no longer fought
Captured, I succumbed to that alluring aura you brought.
Every moment I breathe, I call you mine
For you everything I leave behind
None can be compared, your beauty so sublime
My perfect addition, to you myself I resign
With you I lose myself, without you I find myself wanting to be lost again
Enamour with ecstasy from you I cannot refrain
In your arms forever I want to stay
Your awesomeness hypnotises me; I can't stray
Your perpetual love doesn't just fill my heart
But envelopes, encompasses every part.
Heightened, cherished those memorable moments with you
Passion surges, racing through my blood like nothing I ever experienced
Contentment etched in the contours of my veins reminds me of your existence
Within me happiness grew
There is no other place I would rather be but with you
Basking in your royalty, proclaiming your sovereignty
Transcending, evoking in me something new
Lord, to you I will remain forever true.
- Winsome Miles
We used to be close; still no one can differentiate between us
Even death cannot separate us
You know everything about me and I you
You have no reason to doubt me and I didn't too
Our deepest desires, our secrets, only we knew
It was always just us; it was always me and you
Then "He" came along
And he knew how to play us like a song
The time he took to figure us out didn't take very long
He got inside information from someone
"How could you betray us like this?"
"Everything about him was hard to resist;
the way he walked, the way he talked,
his tender touches and sweet soft kiss"
"Stop it! Snap out of this foolishness."
"You knew the rules and you broke them"
"But he said those words, he spoke them"
"I'm the intellectual one, why
didn't you let me take the lead?"
"Because when you take the lead, you neglect my only need"
It's not that we are foolish
It's not that we are blind
It's just the worst betrayal when the body betrays the mind.
- Sushanie Hunter
and Shana Lynch