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Robbers of the
people's purse
from widows
and orphans.
No shame
no shame.

HAIKU POEM
ROSALIENE BACCHUS

In the sly hands of the Devil
a blind man does not walk with a cane
he is led to the slaughter
like in a quake
with tremors more alluring
than magical witchraft
scavengers feast on his inner soul
corruption smudges his mind
and guilt knows no shame
he leaves a smudge of blood
on every door
on every house
on every community
every dream a nightmare of hoodoo
horror whiplash every disaster
no shame no shame
sometimes we become witness
to this blind man in each of us
or innocent if we do not know
how we do what we do when we do
all things created for us
in the end
Almighty God finds a way
as it was in the beginning
to look for us with hands and hearts
from every passage of hope
beyond borders beyond oceans
through the carnage of rubbles
and concertina of destruction
as voices echo in prayerful song
acts of God are showered in the depths
of our mournful hearts
in faith is our strength
in hope is our destiny
in love is our unity
in patience is our virtue
in understanding is our honesty
in togetherness is our resort
to rise up after the fall.

From his collection of 419 poems,
Poem
Hunter: The World's Poetry Archive, October
2014.

Listen to reading of poem on
Poem Hunter.

RISE UP AFTER THE FALL
Leonard Dabydeen
NO SHAME

For Dabydeen, poetry comes naturally though he had chosen
tetractys form for his poetry in this book. Throughout the
book, we don’t find one harsh word of dissonance. The entire
text runs with a wide range of sounds, what the linguists
term as aspirates and sibilants, with a smooth flow, asserting
each feeling and emotion as tenderly as possible.
~ SATHYA NARAYANA, REVIEW OF WATCHING YOU: A COLLECTION OF
TETRACTYS POEMS
BY LEONARD DABYDEEN, 2012.

Be it his Haiku or Fibonacci or Tetractys, the images or
symbols used by Leonard in his poetry are always cohesive
and coherent, creating in the mind of the reader a quiet
moment of contemplation.
~ SRIDEVI DATTA
EVERY LITTLE
THING IS GONNA
BE ALRIGHT
BY
BOB MARLEY
LEONARD DABYDEEN is
a Guyanese-
Canadian poet. A
former headmaster
and lecturer at the
Guyana Teachers'
Training College, he is
a licensed paralegal
living in Ontario,
Canada.

Dabydeen began
writing poetry as a
teenager. While his
poetry is mainly free
verse, he chose the
mathematical form of
the tetractys for his
2012 debut collection
of 110 poems:
Watching You: A
Collection of Tetractys
Poems.

His latest collection,
Searching for You: A
Collection of Tetractys
& Fibonacci Poems,
was published in
September 2015.
REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION
WATCHING YOU
BY
LEONARD
DABYDEEN
2012
REVIEW BY
JIM WILSON
SEARCHING FOR YOU
BY
LEONARD
DABYDEEN
2015
REVIEW BY
JIM WILSON

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