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labelLiterary Arts Showcase todayJanuary 17, 2022

What should I…?

What should I do when the world rages at me? What should I feel when my screams are swallowed by the void? What should I do when I have nothing but a thousand yard stare and words trapped in my mind, and walls locked in my throat? What should I [...]

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labelLiterary Arts Showcase todayJanuary 16, 2022

Backyard Safari

Confined to the curtilage of my home during the lockdown, I discovered quite by chance that I need not travel abroad in order to find adventure. In fact, I learned that adventure would find me even if I could not escape the isolation of my house. On the small round [...]

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labelLiterary Arts Showcase todayJanuary 16, 2022

Resilience (We Will Survive Challenge)

The brilliance of Bajans is in our resilience... True ... we does be hard ears and stubborn We don’t like to listen and we like to do things we own way And sometimes? Sometimes we like to be loud and strong Even tho what we say might be wrong and [...]

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labelLiterary Arts Showcase todayJanuary 16, 2022

Normal temperature

We in d hot sun, long line ‘till it bend get up front and hear dem: “Sir use yuh head not yuh hand” Frustrations high - d machine cursing Bleep; bleep; bleep Once yuh walk in But all I hearing is... "Normal Temperature" We miss two Crop Over’s now A [...]

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labelLiterary Arts Showcase todayJanuary 16, 2022

No Retreat No Surrender

No retreat. No surrender. It’s not easy To fight An enemy We cannot see Cannot touch But can only feel, And by then it may be too late. No retreat. No surrender. It’s not easy To restrict Movement And abandon Liming with friends While young and old Complain and are [...]

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labelLiterary Arts Showcase todayJanuary 16, 2022

Soufriere

Hot Boiling Glows Glow Flows Flow Strong Down Down Into the valley Into the sea Cementing Its place In our memories. Fine Dust Flies Far Far- ther And Fast Fast- er Eastward O'er The ocean Islands covered Together. Her deepest Grumblings Like a scorned woman's Persistent Mumblings Raging, Temper Escalating [...]

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labelLiterary Arts Showcase todayJanuary 16, 2022

It Seemed

It seemed, Distant. Irrelevant. Almost exotic. We are resistant. It seemed, Common. Overdone. It’s just a flu. ‘Tis the season. It seemed, Eastern. Until it wasn’t. The Europeans And Americans Must have a plan For containment. But they didn’t. And then, It seemed, Close. Too close For comfort. Too close [...]

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labelLiterary Arts Showcase todayJanuary 16, 2022

Lullaby for Soufriere

Lady, Let us soothe Your cares With a lullaby So sweet It will send you To sleep. Lady, Let us calm Your angst With a sound So strong It will make you Quiet down. I am a stranger To you, Lady, Not born of your land But I hold hands [...]

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labelLiterary Arts Showcase todayJanuary 16, 2022

Voice of the Elders

In all we lifetime. Neiduh in we parents’ Or grandparents’ own, We nevuh see nuttin so. We had de ’37 riots, De 2nd world war, An’ even Janet in ’56. But none uh dem didn feel like dis. I remembuh hearin bout smallpox An’ dem sorta plagues Dat de Europeans [...]

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