Right Steps & Poui Trees

Still We Sing: Independence Poem

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

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