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Garifuna Woman


I am a Garifuna Woman
A precious jewel,
Possessing a language dual,
Descending from grandmothers
Who sustained a heroic survival,
Continuing even at arrival
Strength, dignity and love is natal.
This is Garifuna Woman.

Enduring the stings of racism,
Suffering tha pangs of sexism,
Tall and strong she stood,
As a mahogany tree would,
With majestic strength, against colonialism
Determined to continue a race;
Held solemnly to her Garifuna language
Never to be left to be erased.
This is Garifuna Woman.

Dressed in her unique fashion,
The men gazed, breathless in dismay
Shivering within passion.
In turbulent times, in Yurumei,
The Garifuna Woman stood by her groom,
Counseling, negotiating when needed,
Carrying a child in her womb,
Bare footed the field she burned, planted and weeded.
This is Garifuna Woman.

Silently retracing the footprints
Of the Garifuna Woman,
Who before her blazed
The trail to liberation.
Her ancestors' work she accomplished.
Evolution! Change Dawned!
Nurse Noguera and Ola the midwife reigned
Marcelina Lambey's great lyrics flourished.
Eliza Ramos our Founder's spouse,
Supported his effort with rare courage.
And who was she? A GARIFUNA WOMAN.

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