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

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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