POEM OF THE WEEK - Sandy
Broken crane hanging over
Breaking hearts -
Rivers of signs, bodies
Floating on hard times
Our crippled Monday -
Trains, buses, economies
We unknot with
Ruptured power lines, unbending
Scars of homes from trees,
Trampling cars like roaches -
While we stand with toppled hopes
Waiting ... waiting to
- Homer Sylvester
- Journey to college
My heart jumped as it swelled in my stomach
Water poured from my hands
My eyes remained dry
The luscious green trees transformed into lifeless three-storey monsters
The road had gotten smooth
Yet so hard to traverse.
The car whizzed along the roadway
On the backseat the three suitcases shifted to find a home
The excitement had been sucked in by the misty dark air
I felt something new.
The sweet scent of guavas and mangoes had disappeared
The voices of happy children were long gone
Horns honked while angry men barked at each other
A drop of rain splattered against the window
Lightning snapped, thunder boomed
Tears flooded my cheeks
Fear tore into me.
- Kalehia K. Johnson
- These arms of mine
On a rainy day
These arms of mine should be around you.
They should be wrapped around you
To keep you warm.
They were meant for you from
The day you were born.
They may be coarse and full of corn
Still you embraced them without
Shame nor scorn.
Years of labour have
affected them so much.
They ache but soothe by your caressing touch.
At nights I use them to hug you.
I use them to seduce and love you.
It's just the integral part they play.
Especially not having you on this rainy day.
In these arms of mine
You are always welcome.
They should be around you
Ever so seldom.
- Ricardo Cole
- Blue heart
Blue was the shade of her evening dress
Dark and beautiful were her eyes
When she left me that night, I knew I would regret it
And I knew I would have a blue heart.
She trusted me with her love
And I should have done all I could to protect it
But instead, I betrayed her trust.
She caught me in close contact with another girl
Kisses so warm and sweet the dim porch lights revealed
She was devastated by the sight of it
And her poor heart pounded
The pain that she felt was too much to suppress
I brought sadness to her heart
And I knew she would never forgive me.
She stood there in shock and maintained her silence
Then she turned her head away and cried
I couldn't bear to see her so hurt
I tried to console her, but she wouldn't allow it
She just pushed me away
And the tears that fell from her eyes will convict my conscience forever.
You couldn't imagine how I felt when I saw the woman that I loved walking away
Every time I think about it, I just feel like dying
And I know what's missing from my heart is her love
I had everything a man could possibly desire.
Now I have nothing but emptiness
I'm left with a blue heart, and I'm so lonely.
- Marlon Pitter