Poem of the Week – Out of the Burn – Mark D’Arcy Steele

Mark Steele

Mark Steele

Poem of the Week:

By: Mark D’Arcy Steele (formerly of Georgetown, British Guiana)

Out of the Burn ©

Time has passed, years of

memories, some sad,

others full

of hope and fondness,

for and of a country that was ours

in which  we twice cried

as we watched  our wooden city burn.

Now scattered far and wide        

we must no longer hide,

instead come out with love and pride

together to remember,

our years, our tears, our loves

our fears, the joyous glorious times,

arm in arm we spent together.


This is dated Saturday 13th April 2013 and Out of the Burn © is Poem Number 1, all taken from several self-published Volumes of my poetry over the years.
All work is copyright.

I believe that the time is right to now share them with those of you who are interested.  Guyanese Online will publish my poems and articles as I release them.

Being born in British Guiana (now Guyana), the majority of my poems will be on Guyana, but on occasions some would not as they reflect my life and how it has changed since I left Guyana. I now live in Auckland New Zealand.

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  • travelconnexxions  On 04/15/2013 at 1:33 pm

    Those who were born in British Guiana, grew up in Br. Guiana and transitioned into independent Guyana, still await the waking up of the “sleeping beauty” that we know Guyana to be.
    Those who do not learn from history are destined to re-live history.
    And that is exactly what Guyana has been going through for decades now, and will continue to suffer through, until we either learn from the past, or continue suffering the consequences of thinking that we are each the better of our neighbours, and therefore better suited to “rule” the country. And this is what we, unfortunately, aspire to do…”rule” the country. Just like the conquerors of the past did. They fought and killed to be rulers.
    Hopefully in the not too distant future our people will realise that we have to be builders, not rulers. Maybe we will realise this before we ruin the whole country while re-living the history of trying to be conquerors!

    Guyana…One People, One Nation, One Destiny.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 04/15/2013 at 4:33 pm

    As a poetry lover, I look forward to reading more of your poetry.

  • Deen  On 04/16/2013 at 12:31 am

    Mark Steele, I was burned by a spark of nostalgia reading your poem. Unlike you who “twice cried” for the aftermath of flamed ruins, I still weep for the scarred and marred landscape.
    Looking forward to reading more of your reflections of Guyana. Thanks.

  • Jonathan Knights  On 04/16/2013 at 11:40 am

    I went back to Guyana this year after 41 years. The country has progressed and is still mired in the PNC-negro/PPP-indian fractiousness. Until this is resolved the people will suffer and continue to live a poor but happy existence. I wish I coudl do more and offer more to Guyana as I love the place but I fear that any money given is wasted as it goes to fill the pockets of ‘rich’ or on-the-make politicians.

  • Mark Steele  On 04/17/2013 at 9:10 am

    Thank you for your kind comments. I am simply a poet motivated by the sadness of having had to make a new life elsewhere … for home is always home. I hope that you enjoy my next poem, and the ones after that.

    Mark Steele

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