Tag Archives: Jamaican poems

Bowens: An Elegy to a Village

When the annals of Jamaica are written the village of Bowens will be but a footnote; overwhelmed by the tide of time and relentless economic progress. As life emerges from death, so too did New Bowens, a housing scheme, supplant … Continue reading

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Croatian Translations

A page of Croatian translations? Can you believe that? Oddly enough, I can for as this site has evolved it has occurred to me that a major part of my enjoyment of this endeavour, and my life so far, has … Continue reading

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Life’s Wishes Questioned

I have dreamed the impossible, and it is happening. So why am I angry with life’s longed-for turns? Forgiving myself though I dropped the baton. Can’t immortality come in many subtle guises? Postponing my fix, despite the longing. Will I … Continue reading

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Raising Her Voice

How can a woman with no face have a voice? When draped in silk or defaced by acid, she speaks to us of her man’s attempts to exert a mythical power. When distorted through blows she cries out for help … Continue reading

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Duppy

The poem here blends two experiences: confronting a ghost, and staring down a croaking lizard… The poem reflects the internal monologue that occurred while staring into those lifeless looking eyes of that lizard. If you think of the cold stare … Continue reading

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Ms. Tennant

Dyam dat out a order oman She nuh pay har rent Mi ha me school fee fi pay An mi cyaan get a cent. Mi call one lawya frien mi know Fi tap har at di gate Mi dear di … Continue reading

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Seagulls on the Waves

Through a picture window in my corner office, a spectacular view of free spirits. Trapped at my desk as I am, I watch four boys and a flock of white seagulls make merry on the sleepy waves of the Kingston … Continue reading

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Letter to Sor

I suppose you’ve figured it out by now; today was a hard one for me. So, I’ve reached for these poems, and for you, for solace. I tried to write something about a girl on the train ride home tonight, … Continue reading

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New Love

  Heated breaths traverse the back of your neck. You snuggle into me, kitten-like, revelling in our new-found closeness. Enjoying my whispers and the feel of my lips on your neck, your shoulders, you smile; and I see new mornings … Continue reading

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Bliss

My soul welcomes yours, its mate, to this space – A wondering touch, awe at life’s beneficence. Afraid of being vulnerable, yet embracing possibility; whole at last, what joy, true bliss! A lifetime lived in longing, searching; unsure of my … Continue reading

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