Paradise Regained: poetry for recovery

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I was born in paradise
Tropical paradise
From slave stock
Bred to work hard and die


My friends were old


I used to sit with papa
While he smoked his pipe
Learn to read he said
Then no one will take advantage


Old ladies at a wake
Grinding coffee the old way
Never let a man take advantage
Do whatever work you find


I grew up
Hard working


Paradise seems lost,
I read better than most
I work harder than most
I am defiant


The world screams
Know your place
It proclaims

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How dare I be the strong woman
That I was raised to be
How dare I live alone
With no man to protect me


How dare I
Work so hard
Support myself
Live independently


Paradise seemed lost
The day her attacked her
97 and living independently
97 and still working as hard as she can


How dare she
Not be old and feeble
How dare she
Cook and clean and weave


How dare she
Live alone
With only locks to protect her
97 and strong


DARE! I say
Be strong!


About Monetta

*200hr certified yoga teacher *owns and operates Sayana Yoga in St Lucia. *2015 St Lucia Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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  1. […] years ago when I was a young yoga teacher. When I listened to my heart I would be inspired to write poetry. I shared some of these poems on my blog but many of them I haven’t shared before. I put all […]

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