2006 Philadelphia Writers' Conference
Poetry I Contest: Honorable Mention
Judge: Barbara Daniels
Jamaican Cradle Song
A green flash,
the guava sun dissolves into the sea.
I sink into my pillow-nest,
sated with jerk-lobster,
sweetened by mammy-apple,
and smashed on rum punch.
Waves pulsate, pound,
beneath my cottage's balcony.
Strains of Bob Marley mingle
with patois-sprinkled laughter.
Ganja and citronella linger,
tickle my nose with island incense.
The ceiling fan revolves lazily,
lacy mosquito mesh flutters
and teases my sun-toasted toes.
Iridescent feathers gleam,
coral and speckled shells
chink and chime.
Cobalt-blue shutters frame the full moon,
that shimmers on the surf,
reflects off ochre walls,
and paints my dreaming eyelids.
My reverie is rocked by calypso-soul music,
ska mon, one love.
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|Reviewed by Annabel Sheila
|Love Jamaica and loved this poem...the slow, sensual rhythm of that gorgeous island in the sun! Great job!!
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo
|The sights, the sounds, the smells, the tastes come alive and give your reader the Carribean touch ... I do believe I've accidentally walked into your cottage ... forgive me, I wasn't invited, but you've made it so welcoming and delightful. So beautifully written, more than worthy of honorable mention! A very warm welcome to the Den! ~Elizabeth
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|You have recalled, recreated and shared the atmosphere of the place most effectively via your verses, Joan. Thank you. Welcome to AD. Love and best wishes,
|Reviewed by Connie Faust
|I am so impressed by the wealth of skillfully descriptive words and phrases---No wonder it earned Honorable Mention!
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|Reviewed by JMS Bell
|THE IMAGERY IN THIS WORK IS FANTASTIC. IT DRAWS A VIVIDLY CLEAR PICTURE OF ONE BASKING THE BEAUTY OF JAMAICA. THANKS FOR SHARING AND GOD BLESS YOU. JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS|
|Reviewed by Michael Guy
|Ummm, you can taste, smell, hear and see this one. I wish I was sinking into that "Jamaican Cradle" with you. "Rocks me Baby!" I love all things Caribbean, that's why I set my only novel there (Barbados, Jamaica ca. 1695)- Thanks...nice to know ya|