What’s Wrong With Us?

NO LONGER DO THEY CRY  
THEY BARELY EMPATHIZE
NO TEARS FROM THEIR EYES
THEY RARELY SYMPATHIZE
WHAT ARE THE REASONS
THE QUESTION IS WHY?
HAS SOCIETY BECOME DESENSITIZED?
HAS THE POPULACE BECOME UNCIVILIZED?
THERE ARE TOO MANY RAPES AND TOO MANY VILE
PREVALENCE OF MURDERS AND OTHER CRIMES
PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER SHOCKED
NO LONGER HORRIFIED
WHENEVER THERE ARE VEHICULAR ACCIDENTS 
OR SOMEONE IS INJURED AND ON THE ROAD LEFT TO DIE
THEY WILL FAIL TO GIVE ASSISTANCE 
AND NO COMPASSION THEY  WILL APPLY
INSTEAD, THEIR CAMERAS ARE AIMED  
 AT THOSE WHO ARE COMPROMISED 
THEN THE GORY PHOTOS ARE PUBLISHED 
ON SOCIAL MEDIA, ONLINE

YES, EVERYTHING HAS TO BE SENSATIONALIZED
THEN THEY COMPETE WITH EACH OTHER
TO SEE WHO GET THE MOST LIKES
CHILDREN ARE UNLOVED 
THEY ARE SEVERELY CHASTISED
THERE IS A LACK OF RESPECT FOR THE ELDERLY 
AND THE MARGINALIZED
IMPORTANT THINGS ARE REGULARLY TRIVIALIZED
MATERIAL POSSESSIONS ARE OFTEN PRIORITIZED
WHILE HUMAN LIVES ARE CONSIDERED WORTHLESS
AND FREQUENTLY MINIMIZED
THERE IS TOO MUCH GREED AND TOO MUCH GLUTTONY
THEY WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED
WITH WICKEDNESS IN THEIR MIDST, EVIL THEY IDOLIZED
GODLINESS IS NEEDED IN THEIR HEARTS, MINDS, AND LIVES


WRITTEN BY: CHARMAINE ALWWO0D HANSON 9/25/2021
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OUT OF MIND. OUT OF SIGHT…

 IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE, YOU CAN BE FORGOTTEN

THROWN AWAY LIKE GARBAGE, LIKE FOOD THAT’S ROTTEN

YEARS OF SOCIALIZATION CAN BECOME OBSOLETE

YEARS OF WORKING TOGETHER NO LONGER CONCRETE

ALL THE FRIENDSHIP AND CAMARADERIE ARE GONE

 RELATIONSHIPS NOW A PASS-ON

THERE ARE NO MORE TOGETHERNESS AND MEETINGS

NO GREETINGS, NO MORE GALIVANTING OR FEASTING

MY HEART ACHES, MY SOUL BLEEDS

AS THIS AFFILIATION AND NURSING CAREER CEASE

THERE ARE NO MORE CALLS, NO MORE APPLAUSE

NO MORE SECRETS SHARED; NO MORE RUMORS BARED

 NO MORE CHATTER, NO MORE LAUGHTER

 THIS SEEMS LIKE A DREAM, SEEMS LIKE THE HEREAFTER

MY WORK FAMILY WHO I THOUGHT I COULD RELY UPON, NOW GONE

ABANDON, NO MORE WORK COMPANION

THANK GOD FOR FAMILY AND ASSOCIATES ON WHOM I CAN DEPEND

SHOW EMPATHY, AND REMAIN, MY FRIENDS

FOR, I HAVE BECOME NULL AND VOID, ABANDONED, AND CAST ASIDE

NEVER KNEW THAT MY WORK-PLACE LINK

MY CO-WORKERS BOND WOULD EVER DIE

FIVE YEARS OF WORK CONTRIBUTION, NULLIFIED

IN MERE SECONDS, IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

By Charmaine Allwood-Hanson

Extract from book I Write. You Recite

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Jamaica Independence

Island Vibe

AUGUST 6TH 1962 
SIGNALED THE END OF 300+ YEARS OF BRITISH RULE
ALEXANDER BUSTAMANTE WAS OUR NEW LEADER
HE WAS ELECTED AS THE FIRST PRIME MINISTER 

WE LOWERED THE BRITISH FLAG, THE UNION JACK
AND HOISTED OUR OWN, THE GOLD, GREEN, AND BLACK
WE SELECTED OUR OWN SYMBOLS, ANTHEM, AND EMBLEMS
AND ELECTED MEMBERS TO PARLIAMENT
FORMED OUR OWN POLICE FORCE AND MILITARY
WE REGULATED OUR OWN CURRENCY
FRAMED OUR OWN DEMOCRACY
ENDING BRITISH AUTHORITY
 
OUR HEROES WE HONOR AND NOMINATE
SIX MALES, ONE FEMALE
WE ORIGINATED SKA, REGGAE, AND DANCEHALL
EXCELLED IN MANY SPORTS SUCH AS CRICKET, FOOTBALL
TRACK AND FIELD AND NETBALL
THE POPULATION NOW, NEARLY THREE MILLION
WITH DIVERSE, ETHNIC, AND CULTURAL TRADITIONS
EVOLVED FROM AFRICANS, CHINESE, EAST INDIAN
MIDDLE EASTERN, AND CAUCASIAN
OUR MOTTO SAYS “OUT OF MANY, ONE PEOPLE”

WE ARE HIGH ACHIEVERS, WE ARE STRONG, WE ARE NOT FEEBLE
WE ARE RELIGIOUS, WE ARE SPIRITUAL
WITH SOME REVIVALISTS, SOME RASTAFARIANS
AND SOME CHRISTIANS
WE ARE STILL STRIVING FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH
BUT WE WILL CONTINUE TO SOAR 
THIS YEAR WE ARE 59 YEARS OLD
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JAMAICA 
OUR BEAUTIFUL ISLAND HOME

WRITTEN BY: CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 8/4/21

She. Her Journey. The Old Into The New

SHE WAS FULL OF RAGE
ANGRY THAT SO MANY ATROCITIES CAME HER WAY
SOME BY HER OWN CHOICE
OTHERS FLUNG AT HER, FROM A TENDER AGE
IN ILLICIT AFFAIRS SHE WAS ENGAGED
IMMORALITY SHE PERPETRATE
HER PAST AND CURRENT LIFESTYLE SHE WAS ASHAMED
SHE WANTED TO SHED HER EVIL WAYS
SO SHE PRAYED, SHE WAILED
SHE CALLED TO GOD
SHE PLEADED IN HIS HOLY NAME
TO ERASE WHAT LED HER ASTRAY

GOD HEARD HER PLEAS, AND HER SINS HE FORGAVE
SHE WAS THANKFUL FOR HIS MERCIES AND GRACE
FROM THE FATHER, SHE VOWED NOT TO STRAY
SHE PROMISED TO FOLLOW THE NEW AND
THE RIGHTEOUS STEPS OUTLAYED
FOR THE WILLPOWER AND STRENGTH SHE PRAYED
THAT NOTHING WILL INTERFERE OR SWAY
HER JOURNEY AS SHE FORGED ALONG THE NEW PATHWAY

By Charmaine Allwood-Hanson 7/15/21

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What’s Going On?

THE SOCIETY IS GETTING LOOSE
THERE IS PREVALENCE OF CHILD ABUSE
HUNDRED OF ADDICTS, DRUGS ABUSED
 HUMAN TRAFFICKING FREQUENTLY IN THE NEWS
ADULTS ARE LEWD
 CHILDREN ARE RUDE
EVERYONE IS CRUDE
POLITICIANS ARE SHREWD
WITH EACH OTHER WE FEUD
TOO MUCH NEGATIVE ATTITUDE
SOME OF US RARELY EXPRESS GRATITUDE
NO MORE THANK YOU
WE NO LONGER SAY SORRY OR EXCUSE
TOO  MUCH NEGATIVE IS SPEWED
WE HAVE TO SPEAK POLITICALLY CORRECT
OR WHAT WE SAY IS MISCONSTRUED
LIFE CERTAINLY HAS NO VALUE
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
WHAT A DEPRESSING MOOD
IS IT GLOBAL WARMING MYTHS OR TRUTHS?
IS IT THE GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD?


By Charmaine Allwood-Hanson
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Friendship…

I CAN’T WALK IN YOUR SHOES
I HAVEN’T EXPERIENCED WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH
THE MISFORTUNES, THE ABUSE, WITH NO HELP
NO RESCUE
TOUGH TIMES YOU HAVE FACED, MANY TRIALS AND DISGRACE
BUT OUR FRIENDSHIP REMAIN STRONG, IT WILL NEVER BE REPLACED
I WILL BE YOUR FRIEND, WITH OUTSTRETCHED HANDS TO LEND
BECAUSE I AM LOYAL, I AM GENUINE, NOT FRAUDULENT
I WILL BE STANDING WITH YOU UNTIL THE END
I WILL GIVE A LISTENING EAR, WIPE AWAY YOUR TEARS
SHOWING MY COMPASSION AND HIGHLIGHTING MY CARE

I WILL BE A SHOULDER TO LEAN ON, BRING YOUR TRIBULATIONS
WITH OUT-STRECH ARMS I WILL BE A BATON
I WILL BE YOUR LIAISON
BRING YOUR BURDEN, LAY IT ON THE TABLE
I WILL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL YOU ARE ABLE, AND YOU ARE STABLE
I JUST WANT TO BE A FRIEND, MY WILLINGNESS TO YOU I EXTEND
THIS IS NO PRETENCE, RIDE, AND DIE TILL THE END
UPON ME, YOU CAN DEPEND, I GIVE YOU MYSELF
ALL OF ME, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT

Written by Charmaine Allwood-Hanson



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We Are Caribbean

WE ARE THE CARIBBEAN
COUNTRIES AND ISLANDS
CONNECTED BY THIS VAST BLUE SEA
PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT RACES
RELIGIONS AND CREEDS

WE ARE THE CARIBBEAN
A GREAT MELTING POT
BRED FROM SLAVES, COLONIZERS
MERCHANTS, INDENTURED LABORERS
AND INDIGENOUS TRIBES
CULTURALLY WE ARE SO DIVERSIFIED

WE SPEAK ENGLISH, FRENCH
SPANISH AND DUTCH
PATOIS AND CREOLE
OUR LANGUAGES EMBODY
THE NEW AND THE OLD

WE ARE THE CARIBBEAN
OVER 26 NATIONS STRONG
LET ME NAME A FEW
AS THE LIST IS LONG

WE ARE GUYANESE, BARBADIAN
BELIZEANS AND JAMAICANS
PANAMANIANS, HAITIANS AND GRENADIANS
CUBANS, DOMINICANS, AND ANGUILLANS
WE ARE THE NATIONS OF ST. VINCENT
MONTSERRAT AND MARTINIQUE
WE ARE COUNTRIES, SMALL AND LARGE ISLANDS
WHICH MAKES OUR REGION UNIQUE

WE HAVE MOUNTAINS, VOLCANOES AND TOURIST RESORTS
WATERFALLS, HEALING AND HEALTH SPAS
TOP NOTCH SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES
WE ARE KNOWN FOR OUR DIVERSITIES

WE HAVE MANY HISTORICAL SITES
WE TRADE TOBACCO, SUGAR AND BANANAS WORLDWIDE
ALS0 OIL, CEMENT, ALUMINIUM, AND BAUXITE
OUR EXPORTS ARE OUR NATION’S HIGHLIGHTS
WE ARE THE CARIBBEAN
WE ARE FUN AND SPORTS
WE ARE CRICKET, LUDO AND DOMINOS
SOCCER, NETBALL,TRACK AND FIELD
WE ARE VERY COMPETITIVE WHEN WE COMPETE

WE ARE THE CARIBBEAN
WE ARE DANCE, TALENT, AND BEAUTY CONTEST
FESTIVALS AND CARNIVALS
AND FETES

WE ARE JERK CHICKEN, CURRY GOAT
CALALOO, ACKEE AND SALTFISH
OXTAIL, CONCH, ROTI
ROAST YAM AND FRIED FISH

DANCEHALL, STEEL DRUMS AND JUNKANOO
CALYPSO AND SOCA
WORLD RENOWNED REGGAE
MENTO AND RUMBA

WE ARE THE CARIBBEAN
OUR TRAILBLAZERS ARE EVERYWHERE
MARCUS GARVEY, SHIRLEY CHISHOLM
SYDNEY POITIER

HARRY BELAFONTE, LOUIS FARRAKHAN
THE RASTAFARIANS
MIGHTY SPARROW, BOB MARLEY
SEAN PAUL AND SHAGGY

WE HAVE TRADEMARKS
SUCH AS BLUE MOUNTAIN COFFEE
CUBAN CIGARS AND APPLETON RUM
WE ARE MARKETED FOR TOURISM AS
WHITE SAND BEACHES AND SUN
WE ARE DEFINITELY THE REGION FOR
PARTYING AND FUN

WE ARE THE CARIBBEAN
UNITED WE STAND
WE ARE THE CARIBBEAN
OUT OF MANY WE ARE ONE

WRITTEN BY: CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 06/22/2021

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For Black Fathers

I Write. You Write. Book of Poetry which encompass poems that delight, highlights and bring insights to everyday issues of life. Written by Poet Charmaine Allwood-Hanson. Here’s a piece dedicated to black fathers.

BLACK FATHERS

SUPPORT YOUR WIVES AND BABY MOTHERS

THEY HAVE BEEN WAITING ON YOU FOR A WHILE

THEY NEED YOUR SUPPORT AT ALL TIMES

DESIST FROM YOUR SELF EXILE

BE A PARENT, FOSTER YOUR CHILDREN’S DEVELOPMENT

BE A POSITIVE VOICE, GIVE THEM UPLIFTMENT

SO MANY OF OUR YOUTHS, BOYS SPECIFICALLY BUT GIRLS TOO

NO MALE ROLE MODELS THEY CAN PURSUE

 THEY HAVE NO ONE TO LOOK TO

THEY NEED YOUR ASSURANCE; THEY NEED TO FEEL VALUED

YOUR ABSENTEEISM IS DISTURBING THE MISSION

CAUSING OUR MALES TO BE PLACED IN JAILS AND PRISONS

BRING ABOUT A NEW VISION, IMPROVE THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS

WE NEED TO RAISE DISTINGUISHED MEN

GIVE THEM A FUTURE, AND NOT A DEAD-END

GUIDE THEM, ON WAYS TO BE A MAN

TEACH THEM TO RESPECT WOMEN

OUR BLACK BOYS AND GIRLS NEED LOVE

AND HUGS

NOT GANGS, GUN, OR DRUGS, NOT TO BE LABELED AS THUGS

EDUCATE THEM ON LIFE LESSONS, IN THEIR LIVES BE A BLESSING

ENCOURAGE THEM TO STAY IN SCHOOL, TO BE LEADERS AND NOT FOOLS

BLACK FATHERS, IT’S TIME TO STEP UP AND

 FILL THE VOID

SHOW UP, BE PRESENT, DON’T JUST BE A

SPERM DONOR, DON’T HIDE

BE A MAN, BE A FATHER, LIVE UPRIGHT

BUILD BLACK FAMILIES, BUILD BLACK CHILDREN LIVES

Written by Charmaine Allwood-Hanson

Saga Of George Floyd

SAGA OF GEORGE FLOYD
PLEASE I CAN’T BREATHE
I BEG YOU PLEASE, REMOVE YOUR KNEES
FROM MY NECK, OR I’LL END UP DEAD
SEE ME CRYING, LOOK I AM DYING
MY NOSE IS BLEEDING, I AM PLEADING
MY MOUTH IS FOAMING, HEAR ME MOANING
YOU HAVE ME DETAINED; YOU HAVE ME RESTRAINED

NO, I AM NOT RESISTING
MY BREATHING YOU ARE RESTRICTING
MY VEIN IS BEING CONSTRICTED

I AM SUBDUED, I AM HANDCUFFED, I AM NO THREAT
WHY DO YOU WISH UPON ME EARLY DEATH?

NINE MINUTES TWENTY-NINE SECONDS, YOU KNELT ON MY NECK

MY PULSE CHECKED, NO CPR TO RESURRECT
I AM SLOWLY DYING, I AM SLOWLY EXPIRING
MY LIFE IS FADING, IT’S SLIPPING AWAY
ON THIS WOEFUL MONDAY

I SAY I AM THIRSTY, BUT NO WATER, NO MERCY
IT SEEMS MY LIFE IS UNWORTHY

NOW I AM BARELY ALIVE, WISH I COULD BE REVIVED

DON’T THINK I WILL SURVIVE
THIS IS MY TRAUMA, MAYBE MY KARMA
I CALLED OUT FOR MY MAMA
NOW, THIS IS THE ENDING OF MY DRAMA
I AM GEORGE FLOYD, AND THAT’S MY SAGA

Written by Charmaine Allwood-Hanson 5/29/20

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Never Again…

DURING WORLD WAR 2, HITLER THE TYRANT RULED

WAR WAS WAGED, PROPAGANDA PREVAILED

THE GERMAN POSTULATED THEY WERE THE MASTER RACE

AMIDST ANTI-SEMITIC CAMPAIGNS, THE HORRIFIC NAZI REIGNED

THEY WERE EVIL, INHUMANE, AND CRUDE

THEY EXECUTED SIX MILLION JEWS

ALONG WITH MILLIONS OF GYPSIES, DISABLED, HOMOSEXUALS

AND OTHER NON-ARYANS

 SLAVIC, LEFTIST, JEHOVAH WITNESS LIVES WERE ALSO DEPLETED

MENGELE EXPERIMENTED ON TWINS, AND THEM, HE MISTREATED

BABIES BORN,   THEN DROWNED, DESPITE THE MOTHERS’ PLEADING

 MANY WERE ROBBED OF THEIR BUSINESS, BELONGINGS, AND ABODES

PLACED IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS AND CONFINED TO GHETTOES

THE INTIMIDATORS WERE THE BRUTAL SECRET POLICE, THE GESTAPO

 THE NAZIS SUPPORTERS WERE COLLABORATORS

MILLIONS WAS LED TO THE GAS CHAMBERS AND INCINERATORS

THOUSANDS STARVED, THE DISABLE EUTHANIZED

 BABIES, PREGNANT WOMEN, THE YOUNG, THE OLD AND EVEN RABBIS

WERE SUFFOCATED AND DIED FROM ZYKLON B

AND CARBON MONOXIDE

 THE RESISTANCE FIGHTERS WERE SYMPATHIZERS AND ALLIES 

THE NAZIS THEY TRIED TO DESTABILIZE

THE HOLOCAUST WAS DREADFUL, IT WAS VIOLATION OF HUMAN LIFE

IT WAS MASS MURDER, MASSACRE, IT WAS GENOCIDE

THE VITRIOLIC, THE PREJUDICE AND THE HATE

THE FEAR THAT PERMEATED EUROPE’S AIR

THE ALMOST EXTERMINATION OF THE JEWISH RACE

THIS ABOMINABLE, DESPICABLE ACT MUST NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN

WRITTEN BY CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 3/20/2021

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