The Caribbean by Rolanda Cuffy

Honourable Mention in the 12 and younger age category – Wadadli Pen Challenge 2016

Author’s comment: “I have always loved writing.  Certainly it does involve a lot of determination and hard work but when the writing does flow it is deeply satisfying.”

Note: In keeping with the development goals of Wadadli Pen, all long listed entries are returned to the author with the judge’s note  – both positives and negatives – for revision. Congrats to Rolanda, for taking up the challenge of both writing and editing her entry. Keep working on your craft; keep valuing your voice and your art. – JCH

Rolanda Cuffy

Rolanda Cuffy.


Here now is The Caribbean by Rolanda Cuffy, a 12-year-old Christ the King High School student who enjoys reading, writing, and dancing:

To a paradise of festival, fun and adventure I went,
Seeking relief from work and stress, a place to vent
There were so many islands to choose from, separated by sea
I hope the one I chose will not disappoint me
The view from the plane already had me pump
Eyes popped wide open; they wanted to jump
Seven days my desires all to fulfill
Scenes I saw gave my soul a thrill
Started off with tourist attractions to know about the land
How amazing it was!  This was a perfect plan
Though the tremendous landscape I saw was great
It was the friendliness of the locals I could not escape
When I dipped my body in the cool, sparkling water
It makes me tinkle all over
Listening to the local music so rhythmically sweet
My body had to move to that beat
Then my tummy became vocal
It wanted to taste nothing but local
Only then I knew how time flew when one is having fun
Cause in a moment of comfort I had to run
Sitting in the plane holding on to the precious memories I had
Leaving the “Land of many Rivers” make me feel real sad
I wonder where my next stop would be
Cause that Island had a hold on me.

For earning honourable mention in her age category, Rolanda received:
Gifts contributed by Juneth Webson & Frank B. Armstrong, and a certificate sponsored by the Best of Books.

Thanks to all partners and patrons for making the Wadadli Pen 2016 Challenge possible. Here at Wadadli Pen, we encourage you to support the businesses and individuals who support the arts.

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