Haitian Poem

This poem is about the hard life in Haiti and how different it is there from here.  It is still evident in this poem that it is rough in Haiti, and it will take a long time for things to get better for the Haitians.  The only way to understand this poem is to realize that Haiti is a prominently poor country and crops do not grow easily in the soil there.  That is one reason for the country taking so long to recover from the devastations that have happened there.  “They say human blood enriches soil…” (first two stanzas) the reason the poet mentions that, is to emphasize the fact that, yes there are an unreasonable amount to deaths in Haiti.  Then it goes on to say that, “if that were true my friends how rice millet and corn would thrive…” (lines 6-10) This shows that the saying is clearly inaccurate.

To read the Poem visit: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/01/poems-from-haiti-translated-byy-merete-mueller-with-dominique-herard/


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