poet Howard Simon

Howard Simon

For Haiti I Cry

My heart like a desert
My tears like a river
Shifting sands of sadness
My whole body shivers

I am sick with suffering
I am pregnant with pain
My ruptured heart bleeds
From my eyes flow the rain

Lachrymose! Lachrymose!
Haiti I weep for thee
Your sons and daughters
Have suffered tragic misery

I bawl! Don't ask me why!
For Haiti! For Haiti I cry!

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 21, 2010
Poem Edited: Thursday, January 21, 2010

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  • Luke HobbsLuke Hobbs (9/1/2018 10:31:00 PM)

    To me, this poem has the feel of a requiem and a national battle cry. It's very evocative. I like the subtle rhyme scheme and the use of different images to compare and contrast- the desert, sand, rain, river.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/27/2018 1:39:00 AM)

    The way of presentation of this poem is so touching and impressive. This poem reveals your love towards your country, Haiti and to her people as they have suffered tragic misery. The last two lines show the deepness of your love. A great write.10

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/27/2018 1:38:00 AM)

    The way of presentation of this poem is so touching and impressive. This poem reveals your love towards your country, Haiti and to her people as they have suffered tragic misery. The last two lines show the deepness of your love. A great write.

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (8/25/2018 1:35:00 PM)

    This magnificent poem is an evidence of your great love to your country.
    A timeless piece. A beautiful gift to Haiti and its.people.
    The title itself is a concrete manifestation of your deep love and concern.
    Has any Poet or Poetess in Haiti written a poem as powerful and beautiful as this.
    Haiti must be proud of your Poetry. It is a gem in the world of Poetry.
    10+++++

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    Howard The Motivational Poet SimonHoward The Motivational Poet Simon(8/25/2018 4:48:00 PM)

    There are some great and wonderful poets from Haiti, some of whom are members of PH... Herbert and Rosie commented below... Thanks Rose!

    Howard The Motivational Poet SimonHoward The Motivational Poet Simon(8/25/2018 4:45:00 PM)

    Lovely, laudatory lines that leaps into the heart. Gratitude and good will Rose!

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (8/25/2018 1:28:00 PM)

    What a powerful write for your country, Haiti.
    Every line in this great poem cries and weeps for your beloved country.
    You fuel the mind of every reader to cry with you.
    You touched and melted every heart for Haiti.

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    Howard The Motivational Poet SimonHoward The Motivational Poet Simon(8/25/2018 1:36:00 PM)

    Thank you vey much Rose. I wrote this poem after the massive earthquake devastated Hiati as my heart was really weeping! Be always blessed my friend!

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (8/20/2018 8:10:00 PM)

    You are a 'peoples' poet'. So you couldn't remain silent when the Haitian people were struck by a tragedy. Appreciate your empathetic mind and eyes and pen, Howard!

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  • Mpume Maphumulo (9/4/2016 9:23:00 AM)

    ❤❤❤

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  • Nosheen IrfanNosheen Irfan (2/4/2016 12:18:00 AM)

    Your poetry has such an impact on the reader that its unbelievable. This poem is full of empathy. Great expression of pain for someone's sufferings. You have the ability to put yourself in another's place and feel their pain. That's what makes a true writer, to negate oneself.

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  • Melvina GermainMelvina Germain (11/6/2015 7:02:00 AM)

    Heart beating with love and leaving heartprints for many to see. The pain so vivid in this short beauty yet one can feel the emergency needed to help these beautiful people, our sisters and brothers in Haiti.....

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  • Hebert Logerie Sr.Hebert Logerie Sr. (9/7/2015 10:15:00 PM)

    We, Haitians, cry for Haiti every day. We bleed for this country. Unfortunately, Haitians are not really united, and they do not function in unison. L' Union fait la force or United in strength is their emblem, ironically the Haitian People are too divided.

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    Rosie BourgetRosie Bourget(1/8/2016 11:09:00 AM)

    To all of you who expressed your deepest sympathy to us (Haitians) , I thank you kindly for your kindness. MMany thanks to the Poet Howard Simon for this wonderful tribute to My country Haiti. Herbert, tous mes remerciements at toi mon frere pour avoir pris la parole au nom du peuple haitien, lu et appreciece poeme destine a notre chere patrie qu'est Haiti. kinbe red pa moli.

    Howard The Motivational Poet SimonHoward The Motivational Poet Simon(9/10/2015 8:49:00 PM)

    Thanks for sharing from your heart. I wrote this poem over five years ago after the massive earthquake...

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  • Kelly KurtKelly Kurt (4/11/2015 10:55:00 PM)

    It has been some years since the tragic quake, but the people of Haiti still suffer. This poem still keeps their plightin the public eye Thanks. for sharing
    Peace

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (8/18/2014 2:21:00 AM)

    A heart-rending piece crafted with so much emotions, so much painful feelings with words fitting to give
    a thoughtful tribute to the people of Haiti is excellent and profound........Howard.....you are really amazing

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  • Amitava SurAmitava Sur (4/26/2014 9:07:00 PM)

    An excellent penning with love and emotions.

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  • Fran Cardwell (2/14/2014 4:48:00 PM)

    Haiti is my beloved second home & Haitians are my brothers and sisters. You captured my feelings in this, Howard Simon.

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  • Wendy Thopliss (2/26/2011 7:37:00 PM)

    We all felt pain for Haiti, and all our feelings have been expressed in this lovely poem, Thanks for putting our feelings into words.

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  • Excel Famson (2/7/2011 1:55:00 PM)

    So moving and touching from a poet with a soft heart and a gifted pen. Splendid poem. You should send this to all the Hatians in Hati and around the world!

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  • Jessica Fay Harding (4/12/2010 2:35:00 PM)

    It is always interesting to see a poet engaging with recent events, although with limited success as the language fails to convey any sincerity. In this poem however the excellent command of words tackles the devastation engendered by the tragedy and the subsequent ambivalence of feelings amidst the aftermath.

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  • Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK (4/6/2010 2:38:00 PM)

    Exclusively a humane poem…much feelings and true emotions oozing… to wet readers’ heart …thanks for such a poem
    10++
    Ms. Nivedita
    UK

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  • Poetic Soul (4/3/2010 10:33:00 PM)

    Wonderdul write...great tribute.

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  • Anonymous Butterfly (3/8/2010 12:00:00 PM)

    I like the first stanza.

    My heart like a desert
    My tears like a river,
    Shifting sands of sadness
    My whole body shivers.

    Really powerful words.


    B.B.

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