C. Albert Andrews

Haiti Be Strong - Poem by C. Albert Andrews


Ordeals and struggles
Reduced to rubble
Haiti wouldn't be forgotten
Your suffering wouldn't be the same
No longer live in shame
From catastrophe strength will emerge
Haiti, be strong!

Disaster after disaster.
Hurricanes and earthquakes.
Swallowed up by floods
Dried up by drought
One extreme to another
Most neglected by the Diaspora
Ignored by your neighbours.
Soon prosperity will come
Haiti, be strong!

Impoverished and dying
A nation in ruin
From the lowest low
And poorest poor.
While on the ground,
Kicked down
Beaten-up old shanty town.
Prosperity will come
Haiti, be strong!

From Ton Ton and Papa Doc
To Duvalier Baby Doc.
Namphy through to Aristide
Aristide to Cedras
Now Preval.
Different stories by all.
How much more can you take?
Life is not a mistake
So for Toussaint's sake!
Haiti, be strong.

You have suffered too long
Life will turn around
Emotions wouldn't keep you down
Get up from the ground
Today you will overcome
Respect those that are dead
Better days are ahead
Sad days will pass
Be strong Haiti
Haiti, be strong.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is about Haiti's struggle and really tough life.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, October 13, 2012

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