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Happy National Heroes Day! Poem: Manifesto

On this, BarbadosNational Heroes’ Day, I was inspired to finish a poem I started a while back.  David Commisong, one of our country’s most noted Pan-Africanists, was reading a selection of some of the poems from our most celebrated poet, Edward ‘Kamau’ Brathwaite.  an internationally acclaimed poet laureate.  The first stanza is actually a direct quote from Commisong’s presentation.  He was saying that if he were to create a political manifesto for youth of this country, he would create one where they look back at their history, music, folklore – to teach them their heritage.  This quote stuck with me and I built the poem around it.  The day is half done already, but Happy National Heroes Day, Barbados!

We will give our people their heritage
Their folklore
Their music

We will speak in our own language
We will give our people our poems
We will sit under the ancestor’s tree
And glean from the elders

And we will grow

The soil of our future will be
Fertilized with the seed-stories from our past
Cast from the lips of our artists
Our griots
Farmers tilling the ground of our
Collective consciousness
‘ Cause we cannot know where to go
Unless we are firmly rooted
In the lessons planted
By those whose hands are calloused
With digging.

We will give the youth their history
In stories and songs and poetry
And once they know from whence they came
These little seeds with knowledge fed
Will grow into a mighty forest.
We will seek to edutain
Impart knowledge while they are laughing
Or while in stunned silence
At the profoundity of our literary prowess.

They will be fed
With the dexterity of a parent
Distracting a child with a wiggling toy
While slipping medicine unsuspecting

And we will look back toward the great cloud of witnesses
Our ancestral audience
And we will feel their appreciation
That their legacy lives on.

The Right Excellent Bussa

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14 thoughts on “Happy National Heroes Day! Poem: Manifesto

  1. I love inspiring poetry like this, great poem!


    Posted by Angela | April 28, 2013, 2:14 PM
  2. Yes! This piece I love. “The soil of our future will be fertilized with the seed-stories from our past… While slipping medicine unsuspecting down the societal gullet.” those two lines, so sweet. I love to sit and listen to the stories of our elders who’d have ‘been there’, ‘lived through’ and experience’ the things we now call History. I like your poetic capture. Thank you for sharing. Happy Hero’s Day to ya, btw. 🙂


    Posted by Des | April 28, 2013, 10:17 PM
  3. really a great write…love the intensity of it…my fav lines…

    The soil of our future will be
    Fertilized with the seed-stories from our past

    bang bang, so true man…excellent verse…


    Posted by brian miller | May 1, 2013, 8:12 AM
  4. Powerful and rousing write..!


    Posted by 1emeraldcity | May 1, 2013, 9:44 AM
  5. Powerful and inspirational. My spirit is provoked… intense and tinged with transcendence. Love this!


    Posted by Apryl Gonzales Sweet (@SweetApryl) | May 1, 2013, 10:09 AM
  6. Cause we cannot know where to go
    Unless we are firmly rooted
    In the lessons planted
    By those whose hands are calloused
    With digging….so true…we need those roots to be able to stretch wings.. good to remember those who did so much for our lands…


    Posted by claudia | May 1, 2013, 10:15 AM
  7. Wonderful inspirational words – we should remember our past – it moulds our future.

    Anna :o]


    Posted by Anna :o] | May 2, 2013, 1:05 PM

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