An Ode to Jamaica
Nestled art thou in the luxurious lap of the Caribbean Sea
Adorned with blue waters, sand and shades of dark-green forest to see,
A sight that stretches beyond horizon and entangles the forest green
The sky whose smile as wide and clear as the lovers’ giggling akin,
A people whose spirit, under yoke fought they to liberate, never reigned
For thee, the enchantment for freedom is sovereign.
Wrenched from Africa, lured from Asia, thy destiny as unique people
‘Out of many, one people’ have thou embraced, a spirit so nimble,
A home within home, have thou made feel the coolies cool
Worst of cruelty have thou endured, thy kindness no fool,
‘I am because you are,’ thou have said with inscrutable countenance
‘You are therefore I am’ have thou declared with thy heart immense.
Indomitable is thy strength to rein the world on the track unleashed
Reggae, sports, thy potential, thy talent in affluence to remain undiminished,
Thy land of Blue Mountain coffee spread the aroma far east to reach
Them think of thee in the full moon night, drinking rum in the sandy beach,
Frolicking visitors forget cares at their maiden encounter with thy shores
Drenched feelings of complex emotions are they, uncared chores.
Traversed me have through mountains, forests, rivers, waterfalls, surreal
Thy remotest peak, thy deepest valley me have touched, ethereal!
Clear, save stars spotted, face me have beheld, thy beauty forbids me blink
Thy sweet aroma of nectars lingers like eternity, me think,
Long have me gone yonder, me look back and know me been there
Me soon come thy face to behold so dear.
– Masakui Rungsung
High Commissioner of India to Jamaica