I want to dance along with my island
Every day we both awake to a sun that tells us our history
A sun that shined its rays on the backs of our ancestors
A sense of hope they found as they tilled the land
I want to dance to the beat of drums
That’s in perfect harmony with the hearts of my people
Not to be moved by the spirit or the rum
But the joy that comes from way beyond
What is the meaning of the dance you may ask?
Did you already forget your past?
An isle first inhabited by the Siboney
Later raped through slavery
Ancestors sang to cane as long as the sun shined
Their backs fully aware of the passing time
We came along way and we should celebrate!
No more hatred towards masters we hate
But now on to democracy
To live our dreams and fulfill fantasies
My isle dances, it is no longer oppressed
Yet the people with jealousy and ungratefulness are obsessed
We miss the beauty and value of our day
And forget that, Freedom! Freedom! It is here to stay
No longer is ‘choice’ a dream
It has become a reality
One we fail to see
We take for granted the little things
That our ancestors worked so hard to bring
So come on, let’s dance
Allow our bodies to go into a trance
Let’s dance because we know who we are
Dance because we’re never too far
From the truth that sets us free
That allows us to be who we want to be
My isle dances because it knows its past
Not relinquishing the value of lessons learned
But dancing with pride fully earned
So let’s join along in dance!
AUTHOR BIO: Jordée Josiah is 17 years old and loves to dance. Her entry, Let’s Dance was inspired by her University College Christian Fellowship dance group. She said, “as dancers, we have to ask ourselves, why dance? Why do we choose dance as a means of expressing ourselves and what are we dancing for?” Well, with Let’s Dance, she danced her way to a third place finish in the 13 to 17 age category of the 2012 Wadadli Pen Challenge. It was, the chief judge said, “a creative approach to the topic”. Interestingly, while English is her strong point, Mathematics is Josiah’s favourite subject and she looks forward to pursuing a career in the field of science and mathematics.
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