The author – an 11 year old sixth grader at St. Andrew’s School – says: “I love writing poetry and music lyrics. So when I heard about this contest and that we had to ‘keep it Caribbean and fresh’, I immediately wanted to enter and share a poem that tells all about my love and pride for my Caribbean.”
In the 2017 Wadadli Pen Annual Writing Challenge, Francis’ poem earned Honourable Mention in the 12 and Younger age category.
Caribbean, we feeling nice
A place where the sun is bright
A load of beaches to swim
This paradise is no sin.
All of these beautiful islands
There is nothing that is more grand
Than the great Caribbean
Sun, sea and sand.
Jumping up when it’s Carnival time.
Listening to all the soca rhymes
Carnival is so dear to me
Cant wait ‘til its100th anniversary.
Put your hands in the sky
Wave them, way up high
Let Caribbean beauty shine
It’s the favourite place of mine
Beaches, forests, rivers and lakes
Coming here to the Caribbean is no mistake
Please don’t try, for goodness sake
It’s a place you can’t recreate
Come enjoy a cricket game
You’ll never want to go once you have come
You will never feel the same
An experience you can’t even name
Come and celebrate with me
Let us rejoice with glee
The Caribbean is the Key
To sun, sand, and sea
Let us say this one last time
These isles are truly divine
All of these gorgeous lands
Make up the ‘Islands of the Caribbean’.
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With thanks to our patrons, see this writer’s total prize haul below (and remember, support the businesses/individuals who support the arts):
Books – Love From Paddington by Michael Bond w/illustrations by Peggy Fortnum and R. W. Alley, Spell like a Champion (contributed by Harper Collins)
Gifts (contributed by Juneth Webson)
Certificate (sponsored by the Best of Books)