Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

A Message from the Haitians Who Lost Their Lives

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

A Message from the Haitians Who Lost Their Lives

Article excerpt

Do not cry for the dead

Cry for the living

Cry for those we left behind

We are free from the misery

Of our beloved Island Nation

Which outsiders have preoccupied

Turning our Paradise into a prison

Do not cry for the dead

Cry for those who are still suffering

Before we came into the world

With our AnceStars we made a pact

Our appearance on the World Stage

Now recorded on history's page

Was a love act

Before we entered the world

We signed a Spiritual Contract

That if we had to die

We would die in a way

That would not only help us pay off karmic debt

But would have the greatest impact

And around the world

The cries of our people

Haitians and Africans would be heard

In a way that would not let you turn back

We made a pact similar to those

Who would play their parts after Katrina

Where the lives of the poor

And the downtrodden

And forgotten were exposed

See how powerful group prayer is!?

If just 100 had died

Who would've paid attention?

If just 1000 had died

How often would we be mentioned?

But 100,000 is catastrophic

And they say there could be half a million!

See how powerful group prayer is?

But dont cry for the dead

Cry for those who are buried alive

Cry for those who are still hurting

Cry for those who have lost everything

Cry for the babies who lost their mothers

Cry for the children who have nothing

Cry for an Island Nation of people who

Cry for a living. Who

Cry for a lifetime. Who

Cry for health care. Who

Cry for peace. Who

Cry for justice. Who

Cry for freedom. Who

Cry for love. Who

Cry for shelter. Who

Cry for food & water. Who

Cry for hope! …

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