Jamaica Independence At Last

by Carlene

Jamaica50 Entry #13 -Jamaica Independence At Last (Poem)

The British flag that reigned over us for over 300 years,
Finally breathed its last, little before midnight on August 6, 1962
No longer were we a nation without our own identity.

At exactly 30 minutes before midnight,
Our black, green and gold flag stood tall.
Pride and tears filled the face of those who were present
Yes, it all happened at our National Stadium
I wasn’t there, but that’s what I hear

Can you imagine the shouts of joy, the fireworks, the celebration?
That was the birth of a nation…..my Jamaica!!

Can you imagine how di people dem glad bag burs’
When dem hear seh Bustamente, was going to be Prime Minista?
Our own Jamaican born son of the soil
Black like we, talk like we, look like we

Mi can imagine how di people dem crowd roun’
Fi listen di news on Mas Joe lickle radio in dem community.
Den di big day came, when everybody from near an far
Bungle up ina di National Stadium
Ready fi sing, crow or talk wi National Anthem.
Di flag was flown wid pride, it was the beginning of something new.

All di talk bout independence was finally coming true
Independence now meant we were responsible for our own affairs
We could elect wi own government and people fi represent wi
Independence meant we had our own Jamaican currency
Our own national symbols, our own constitution
Yes, ours, not theirs, ours!!

50 years have passed and what do I wish for Jamaica?
That we may live to see 50 more years …minus di crime and violence
A nation that truly live what our anthem says
A nation that love its people
A nation that loves God!!!

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