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HAITI, DEAD or Alive
by Fania Simon

Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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A reminder of our history. Where is family unity?




Donít you remember our peopleís dream?

They dreamt of swimming

To Haiti to taste freedom

It was November 18, 1803


Donít you remember?

You looked over the grayish sea

With sorrow in your eyes

And wondered when liberty would be yours?


And donít you remember Nat Turner?

Donít you remember Nat Turner?

The main dreamer slave

He was tall and brave

Donít you remember?

He was wanted dead or alive!


Donít you remember Haiti?

A place that was once your heaven

And you prayed to get there dead or alive

Hidden under the shadow of Toussaint


But now you forgot!

Now you forgot how you got to Louisiana?

And today, you wiped Haiti out of the way?

You act like it never existed


Do you remember swimming

in all Southern Blues?

Do you remember

Jim Crow and Sir William Lynch?

But then, Haiti was still alive and strong

And itís because of the Voodoo drum

Today you can taste my sugar cane rum


Do you remember?

Do you remember how you turned on us?

And now you hate us and want to kill us

Just because your master told you to

And the familyís dream was tampered with

You became a lost child at sea

Now we are grieve for our souls


At last,

Always remember

You lost your dream near Haiti!

(c)2004 fania simon ~Published in Poetry in Haiti
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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/22/2007
This is a fine history lesson, Fania. I can feel your powerful sentiments shared via your verses. Thank you. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 1/4/2007
No child i remember
her drums play music in my ears
no child i can taste her
in dreams in flight with wings
no child i sit at night sometimes and listen to her wails
her sounds flip my wrist and put fire under tails
yes she is my mother and i swim still just
can't catch my breath
i willlove her mourn for her until
my very last breath.....
for she is alive and will be again
thank you for this most powerful moment in time!!!
Reviewed by Debra Harmes-Kurth 1/2/2007
Aside from the historical reminder this is a poem that harbors power between the lines. With the slight repetition, you brng home the message you were going for, and still have humanized through your words a very clear voice.
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