Our Heroine: Queen Nanny

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YOU WERE MYSTICAL, YOU WERE TACTICAL

 YOU WERE RADICAL

MANY SAY YOU WERE MILITANT

OTHERS SAY YOU WERE VIGILANT

I SAY YOU WERE DOMINANT

A MIGHTY WOMAN

SOME SAY YOU WERE A STRATEGIST

FAR FROM BEING A PACIFIST

I SAY YOU WERE AN ACTIVIST

TO THE ENGLISH YOU WERE AN ANTAGONIST

YOU DEFEATED THE WICKED COLONIALIST

CONJURING UP YOUR AFRICAN CULTURE & SPIRITS

YOU WERE A SPIRITUALIST

FROM WEST AFRICA YOU CAME

MODERN DAY GHANA, NOW IT’S NAMED

SPECIFICALLY, FROM THE AKAN PEOPLE

YOU WERE A GIANT, YOU WERE A STEEPLE

ADORED FOR YOUR COURAGE AND BRAVERY

YOU FOUGHT VALIANT AGAINST SLAVERY

LEADING PLATOONS OF MAROONS

YOU CREATED HAVOC TO THE BRITISH BRUTAL RULE

TRAINED IN GUERILLA WARFARE

THE BRITISH ARTILLERY YOU DID NOT FEAR

URBAN LEGEND CLAIMED, YOU BLOCKED

BULLETS WITH YOUR DERRIERE

AS YOU FOUGHT, AS YOU COMMANDEERED

TODAY YOUR NAME IS RESPECTED AND REVERED

YOU GAVE US EMPOWERMENT

OUR EMBODIMENT OF RESILIENCE

TO THE OPPRESSORS AND THE OPPONENT

YOU WERE EVIL, YOU WERE AN OMEN

THE BRITISH BRANDED YOU AN ENEMY

YOU WERE TOUGH AND MENANCING

YOU ARE, JAMAICA’S ONLY NATIONAL HEROINE

YOU AND YOUR POSSE FREED MANY OF THE ENSLAVED

THE ABENG WAS USED TO COMMUNICATE

YOUR HIDEOUT WAS THE BLUE MOUNTAIN ENCLAVES

TODAY, YOUR ARE BURIED AT BUMP GRAVE

YOU ARE HONORED FOR YOUR LEGACY

YOUR PORTRAIT IS ON THE JAMAICA’S $500 CURRENCY

WE SALUTE YOU OUR ESTEEMED ASHANTI

SOMETIMES CALLED GRANNY NANNY

OUR BELOVED QUEEN NANNY

WRITTEN BY: CHARMAINE ALLWOOD HANSON 8/20/20

Published by Charmaine A.

I have been writing poetry since an early age as a hobby. Now I write to share my love of poetry with others through this blog I speak. You read.

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