Part of a series of poems produced by the Fantastic Five, a group of incarcerated women in Antigua and Barbuda who participated in a six week Writing/Communications programme facilitated by Brenda Lee Browne who encouraged them to Just Write. “This group of five is made up of first time writers, women who did not know that they could write,” Browne noted. She was proud in the end of what they’d produced. “It takes courage to share your work, read out loud your personal interpretation of life,” she noted. We tend to have an out of sight, out of mind attitude to people who’ve run afoul of the law and been locked away from society. This series of poems reminds us that, like anyone else, they just want to be heard.
Do you ever wonder about your life – why do people get hurt?
You fall into pain and sometimes shame
But God is love.
Can I love myself enough or not at all.
Should I live life as how I please?
Should I ignore my past mistakes or just regret in remorse over things I couldn’t control.
Can I think positive, press ahead look on life on a different perspective
I’m not my lowest life makes no sense to me any more
As I sit and think God really has better for me
Better days are before me
I’m blessed and highly favoured cause I have God in my life
Nothing bad can happen to me once there is life there is hope
That I know cause God is in my Life
By Raquel Harris©2011
These pieces from the writing/communications programme facilitated by Brenda Lee Browne, in the women’s section of Antigua and Barbuda’s prison in 2011, are posted here with the writers’ permission as relayed to us by Browne. This is for the purpose of sharing the fruits of their creative labour. Copyright of these pieces remain the preserve of the writers and, as is the case with all Wadadli Youth Pen Prize/Wadadli Pen content should not be copied, distributed, transmitted, used for commercial purposes, altered, transformed, or built upon without the consent of the copyright holders. All other site content is created by me (Joanne C. Hillhouse) or, in the case of winning Wadadli Pen stories, the specific authors unless otherwise indicated. The same rules apply.