August 6, 2021, the 59th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence Day. Always a good day for reflection on how far we have come and how far we still have to go. Jamaica, my home.
Today I post a poem that was published in 2012 in a collection edited by Kwame Dawes, “Jubilation! – poems celebrating 50 years of Jamaican Independence”.
STILL WE SING from a hill above the stadium we watched the lights go down seeds of fear already planted in my grandma's heart kept us away that night the lights came on again then fireworks greeted independence such hope even now, such hope the country still a bone that stray-dog leaders grip in the garbage and gully water of politics' narrow streets this independence one more hill for us to climb and people still know that while we sing, we work - Susan Goffe