The Cry of Haiti

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With all the disasters that keep happening around the world, the human spirit in its resilience keeps rising again and again. This is a tribute to that human spirit! 

The Cry of Haiti

1)Though the earth may shake us

and walls come tumbling down

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

*

Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

~

2)Though death surrounds us

and tears flow from our eyes

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

*

Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

~

3) Though our stomachs are empty

and sky over our heads

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

*

Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

~

4)With children dying

broken in the streets

Our hearts cry out in agony

Our hearts cry out in agony

*

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

*

Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

~

5Where are you God

in all this tragedy

How will you heal my broken soul

How will you heal my broken soul

*

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

We’re brothers and sisters in our pain

*

Together we will rise to face another day

To become more than we are now

To become more than we are now

Painting: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Ingrid asked us to consider the oral poetry, the poetry of the spoken word passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth. She asked us to write a poem with that feel by speaking the verses and then writing them down. The more I thought about it, the more I kept coming back to a song I wrote in this manner, after the first devastating earthquake that hit Port O Prince a few years ago. And then again, this year, another one hit in Haiti, causing death and destruction. And now, we just had Hurricane Ida come roaring from the gulf and bringing devastation to Louisiana this week. This is a tribute to the human spirit!

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80 thoughts on “The Cry of Haiti

  1. And a fine tribute it is! It read like the folk songs you mentioned in your earlier comment. I would love to hear it set to music! And the subject matter could not be more timely: I think the best part of the human spirit shines through in such times of trouble.

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  2. What an awesome flow of musical magic Dwight. Great message that questions our faith, humanity, and our humanitarian effort about what we can do to help instead of just shaking our heads saying how sad a situation is. We can look in our own backyard and see a crisis. We probably can’t help everyone, but this reminds me of a song we used to sing in church when I was growing up that said, “If I can help somebody, then my living isn’t in vain.” We can’t do everything, but we can do something. 💖 🤗 🙏🏼 🥰 💖

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  3. ….and don’t we wonder where is God when it seems disaster is everywhere. There are those who say it is written…. but still we rise to face another day. Great write, Dwight.

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  4. A lovely, empathetic poem, Dwight. There is much misery all over the world right now, but Haiti seems to have gotten more than its share of trouble!

    I have had several Haitian students and found them to be quite bright and hardworking.

    The Phoenix is one of my favorite mythological characters. Your painting brings it vividly to life! ❤ I wish Haiti the energy and the will to rise from the ashes.

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  5. Dwight, I absolutely love this! The repetitive phrases unify. The question shatters us.
    Only God can heal my broken soul
    Only God can heal my broken soul

    Astounding poem. Thank you.. I have a dear friend Haitian friend who travels back an forth. She is safe right now. I don’t know of her property.

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