Martine Vassor: “Elemental Mother”

Why was I ripped from her?

She birthed me first.

Did I birth her?

                                                                                                                I am

connected

to

her

energy.

I hated leaving

Though the ones who crowned me queen

wanted to hang me like Anacaona,

                                                                                                              Queen of Jaragua Maguana of the island “Ayiti”

                                                                           Quisqueya Boyo

Silently you conspired

to

save me

Time for me to leave

A covenant signed

three

rivers

deep

Mount Calvary high since

Genesis

The roots numerous, strong,

deep

When the thing hit and left you wounded

A leg caught half a step between life and death

Arms stuck out of the rubble

Reaching out to children near and far

Your sufferings had surpassed you

I heard

your call from some place deep

 

It was time to come home

A covenant signed in Leogane

The noose was parchment

Your tears were like ink

 

Still, your resilient spirit transformed

the tsunami of despair into rays of hope

And like the golden flame from the central sun

The light in your eyes will shine again

Your branches will sprout even more beauteously

 

Golden Flower

The pearl of the Antilles

Ayiti Quisqueya Boyo . . .

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