Leonard Dabydeen

Bronze Star - 2,125 Points (Guyana)

Philip Moore - Poem by Leonard Dabydeen



By Leonard Dabydeen

Close your eyes

go to sleep;

we shall not weep

but lift our heads

up high

to watch this monument

that you built upon

rocks of African slaves;

embellishment -

rising to emancipation glory,

plantation Lilienburg rustling

with breezes across

the Canje river.

And callous hands

stained in brown sugar

Cuffy and Akara

stirring a rebellion


Governor Van Hoogenheim

move house

in the heart of Magdalenenburg,

with a new dawn

for independent Guyana

with Cuffy

towering in the nation's capital:

a monument

at the Square of the Revolution!

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Tribute to Philip Moore by Leonard Dabydeen
The passing of Philip Moore brings deep memory of our 1763 Berbice African Slave Rebellion. He was heart and soul as an artist and sculptor. Guyanese will remember him over time.

Guyana: Cuffy's 1763 Rebellion Monument by Philip Moore
Cuffy -1763 Berbice African Slave Rebellion

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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