GUYANA: Wha Mo Yo Want?!! – By Eric Matthews

GUYANA: Wha Mo Yo Want?!! – By Eric Matthews

Just  sun,  an’  more  sun,  an’  rain,  an’  more  rain,

An’ mud  an’ slush,  an’ sandy  beaches,  an’  northeast  trades,

An’  a  hundred  waterfalls,  an’  rapids,  an’  rivers,  an’  creeks,

Black,  fresh,  muddy,  slow,  swift- flowing,

All heading  fo’  de  Atlantic.

Cool  mountains,  dark  starry  night  skies,  an’  wide  open  savannahs,

Rich  earth,  virgin,  pristine  forests.

Wha’  mo’yo’  want?  Everytingyo’  want  deh  hay!

 

Tek  timefo’  know  dis  land,  dis  place!  Listen  to  it!

Spen’  some  nights  up  in  de  Pakaraimas,  out  in  de  Rupununi!

Listen  todem  waterfall,  feel  de  spray  ponyo’  face,

Near  midnight,  listen  to  all  dem  jungle  sounds —–

Screeching,  howling,  hooting,  wind  blowing in  de  trees,

An’  rushingtru  de bush,   an’  de plop! plop!splash  of  seeds

An’  fruit,  an’  dry  branches  falling  in  de  wata!

Listen,  an’  feel  de  sweetness  of  names  like——

Kwakwani,  an’Saxacali.   Hosororo,  an’  Potaro.

Akarai,  an’Imbaimadai.   Madewini,  an’Hubudi.

Kuru  Kuru,  an’  Kuru  Kururu.   Leguan,  an’Sparendaam.

Tumatumari,  an’Itanami.   Qebinang,  an’Kamarang.

Mabaruma,  an’Karaudanawa.   Goorahoo,  an’  Big  Biaboo.

Ituni,  an’  San  Souci.   Orealla,  an’Bonasika!

Whamo’yo’  want?! All  datyo’  need  deh  hay!

 

Cross  deDemerara  fromTimehri.  Yo’  wan’  talk  ‘bout  food?

Dis  valley  alone  could  feed  all  ahwee!

Criss- cross  de’  country.  Go  west,  cross  de  Essequebo,

Den  south.  Go  east,  cross  de  Berbice,  den  south.

Wha’  mo’yo”  want?!  Everytingdeh  hay!!

Dem  ole  peoplewuklang  an’  hard!  Dey  sacrifice  an’  deysuffah!

Dey  blood  shed  hay!  Cane cutter,  shovel  man,  boatman,  pork  knocker,

Pan  boiler,  small  farmer,  rice  farmer,  cattle  rancher,  shopkeeper,

Fisherman,  timberman.  All  ahdem  spirit  deh  hay!

Claim  what  belong  to  you!  Is  YOUnable  string  bury  hay!

Doan  give  away  dis  place!

Doan  leh anybody  fool  yo’ wid  sweet talk  an’  promises!

T’ ink  beforeyo’  sign  anyt’ing!  Tek  pride  in  yo’self!

Embrace  yo’self!  Embrace  yo’  children!  Embrace  de  future!

Is  timefo’  mek  it  really  happen!

Everytingyo’  need  deh  right  hay!  Wha’  mo’yo’  want?!

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  • Detow  On 02/28/2022 at 12:05 am

    An honest, caring, people oriented as opposed to being self centered would be a good starting point.

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