POEM: If Dominica could talk, what would she say?

Why am I tinted …didn’t you like what you see
You have placed a shadow of darkness over me
I am no longer the happy
I am no longer the free
Remember that’s what you fought so hard for me to be
I’m no longer the sweet taste of purity
Cause my pride you stole from me
I no longer have my own identity
And u slowly tarnished my credibility
I’m no longer praised envied or admired
I was once the island most desired
You abandon me when I needed you most
Now you are spread all over from coast to coast
You allowed me to be populated by people I do not know
So love for country they will never show
I’m being used, abused and disrespected
My integrity and morals are misrepresented
I’m no longer the unspoiled the untouched
My people why are u hurting me so much?

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43 Comments

  1. Freshlikeriverwater
    December 31, 2013

    All are entitled to their opinion. I love, love, love Dominica. Everyone must make their own path, whether here or abroad. Some people are jealous and some are wicked. Take it as you may…it’s a changing environment. Some change is good.

  2. veronica joseph
    February 28, 2013

    I was a visitor to this beautiful isle a week ago, and listened to a poem “if Dominica could talk” on lennox`s radio station the Sunday. it was by a young man, and he repeated the title at the beginning of each verse. I was moved by this poem! Does anyone know the one I am talking about, and how could I get hold of it? It was brilliant!

    • Eric joseph
      May 20, 2018

      How can I get this poem (if Dominica could talk)

  3. Jahniah Royer
    May 27, 2011

    Thanks to everyone for your honest response……its all appreciated
    Bless up …..xoxo

  4. PEACE & LOVE
    May 27, 2011

    If Dominica could talk?it would say,I, work sleepless nights to stay green and lucious well watered to feed my children yet you abondone me,to have foringners come and rape an exploit me,now you in love with de Chine,I work so hard to stay so fertile that you can grow and produce your own,now you wouldn’t hav to be all over begging for lone you guys on your own. just leave me alone.ha ha lol

  5. poetic justice
    May 26, 2011

    Wake up my people open up ur eyes
    The author is not being political or otherwise
    Her poem represents the thoughts if our nation
    Asking to help stop its destruction
    She don’t want to be mentioned as the Dominica that was
    Because we ignored her cry and refused to fight the cause
    Whatever is making her suffer so
    Needs to be told … they need to know
    So take heed her plea I’m begging u all
    Cause we are all responsible for her downfall.

  6. Anonymous
    May 26, 2011

    I think that the writer has a right to express his feeling through his poem. PPL do not feel offended and stop being defensive. Respect what another man feels.

    • 1979
      August 4, 2011

      and u are doing just what you are accusing

  7. seeking Justice
    May 26, 2011

    so if my cousin did not pose that poem al u would not talk look hypocrites in dominca .

  8. crooked ones
    May 25, 2011

    Dominica is a beatiful island naturally and it’s not because of us,JAH created and meant it to be so.But we are asked by JAH to care for it and not rape it like the corrupt polititions do,foreigners can be invited to help us enhance it so we the natives first of all benefit from the abundance of it’s resources of which we should share with them but not what the so called leaders are doing like the state malice of which our monies are given to Chinese with no benefit to us.So generally i subscribe to your poem Mr.Thomas,all the intelligent voices and intellectuals should speak out like u.

  9. .....
    May 25, 2011

    Dominica would say, lord, help these low minded people i have in me!!!!!!!!!!

  10. safemoon
    May 25, 2011

    Dominica would say just to add a few more lines. if i were to become pregnant with all of this issues again i would rather caused a miscarriage just to retain my good name. am fertile as many can see but due to stress and enough tolerance im being used misused and disrespected by many. if only dominica could talk.

    congrats to the author nice poem its for real.

  11. safemoon
    May 25, 2011

    Dominica would say just to add a few more lines. if i were to become pregnant with all of this issues again i would rather caused a misscariage just to retain my good name. am fertile as many can see but due to stress and enough tolerancy im being used misused and disrespected by many. if only dominica could talk.

    congrats to the author nice poem its for real.

  12. Dorette Alie
    May 25, 2011

    Very nice and true. I like,,

  13. DOMINICA TALKING
    May 25, 2011

    AM STILL THE BEAUTTIFUL ENVY OF THE CARIBBEAN
    AM STILL FREE EASY GOING WITH LOW CRIME RATE
    AM STILL EDUCATING MY PEOPLE OVERSEAS

    MY CHILDREN ARE BREAKING ACADEMIC RECORDS ALL THE TIMES
    MY NEIGHBORS KIDS VISIT ME BY THE THOUSANDS EVERY SUMMER
    MY RIVERS ARE STILL CLEAN AND AIR STILL FRESH

    IF MR COLUMBUS RETURNS HE WILL STILL NOTICE THAT AM STILL EXOTIC
    IF ITS TOO HOT YOU CAN USE MY RIVERS
    IF ITS TOO COLD COME TO MY SCREWS

    YES SOME OF MY KIDS GET ON UNRULY
    YES THE MAJORITY ARE KIND AND LOVING
    YES WE STILL CARE FOR EACH OTHER

    GOD HATH BLESSED ME WITH ABUNDANT WATERS
    GOD HATH GIVEN ME LUSH VEGETATION
    GOD HAVE PROTECTED ME FROM VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS

    I DONT LOVE THOSE WHO ILL TALK ME
    I DONT APPRECIATE THOSE WHO KEEP ME DIRTY
    I DONT EMJOY THE NEGATIVE CHATTERING

    SOMETIMES ITS NICE TO BE ME
    SOMETIMES ITS PRETENSE
    SOMETIMES ITS CONFUSION

    BUT MY KIDS HAVE ADVANCED
    BUT SOME ARE TOO LAZY AND GREEDY
    BUT MANY SHOW OCCASIONAL LOVE

    ALAS AM IN MY 30’S AND A LIL WORRIED
    ALAS DIVISION IN D FAMILY CAUSES ME PAIN
    ALAS POLITICS AND CHURCH ARE MY WORSE CHILDREN

    HOWEVER I HAVE TO GIVE THANKS
    HOWEVER WE HAVE A LOT OTHERS DONT HAVE
    HOWEVER WE MUST LEARN TO SAY THANKS

    • waw
      May 25, 2011

      dats a much more sensible poem

      greater depth and realism

      • Oh Lord!!
        May 26, 2011

        Don’t worry…you all will feel the pressure of your foolish selfishness in due time. I believe that this Poem by brother Arundel is timely and timeless.

    • DaQueen
      May 25, 2011

      I like that. I like that alot

  14. ENGLISH TEACHER
    May 25, 2011

    what is it are you trying to say

    dont play with words

    be direct

    who are u blaming

    dnt u know dat we populate other countries

    so many of us in sm antigua usa canada vi

    so many postive fings u cude write about

    assess dat poem its over rated nonsense

    whats d author’s point

    its like they have to put a wall around da and no one must come in

    d more we think we bright d more ass we sound

    when ever you write try to be balanced

    i teach english literature

    RESTRICTED CODES AND ELABORATED CODES

    • Athie ,Clayton, Eddie & Lennox
      May 25, 2011

      Our people populate other countries but they are our people. One cannot defrenciate.

    • QUEENY FROM TOUPOU
      May 26, 2011

      ” IF DOMINICA CUDA TARK EI DAR SAY ALAS POPA GAD WATCH WHA ME CUM TO DAG AN PUSSY BETTA DAN ME ALL VANTAPOLE AND CACKROACH A MEK NEST IN A ME , ME DASE DON”

    • ENGLISH TEACHER MI ARSE
      May 26, 2011

      HATER :twisted:

  15. If she could talk
    May 25, 2011

    If Dominica could talk she would say:

    “Zor Domnichen twoh Feyah, Las palay, Aller twavay, Sakway Ghas!”

  16. that's lovely
    May 25, 2011

    great job!

  17. Attorney
    May 25, 2011

    Dominica has put all these negative talk behind her and is looking forward to the positive. So if Dominica could talk she would speak of the many positive things happening within.

    No way would she criticize foreigners coming to her shores as many of her sons and daughters has taken up residents in other peoples land.

    Therefore, those who dwell in the negative Dominica has long gone past them and looking forward to the positive. Dominica nah tun bak!

    • wat
      May 25, 2011

      sing 4 u supper

      a big money u looking for

    • villager girl
      May 25, 2011

      I disagree with you the only one in the negative would be those like you who believe that keeping some of our people in bondage is best for them or maybe it’s pleasing to you knowing that you dont have to ask anyone for a hand out just to survive when one cant put food on the table or pay the bills tell me what do they do they go and look for hand out instead of having something they can do for themselves like planting food to feed their family, how many of those folks that you help out of the goodness of your heart you see IF DOMINICA COULD TALK’ she would want us all to be ecah other’s keeper so dont kid yourself the content of the POEM is very much in the present not in the past the writer of that Poem summed it up very nicely.\I am glad he wrote the Poem now a lot of folks have been touched by it they are speaking out we have to face up to what is going on and stop the hurting because DOMINICA belong to all of us not to some to all of us.

    • Athie ,Clayton, Eddie & Lennox
      May 25, 2011

      I would not have you represent me nor DA

    • afuh awe
      May 26, 2011

      “dominica nah tun bak” ey lef all lika you behine sell out,tap dey a n tak you nansense buot nah tun bak wen de time cum you go sh** pan you .

  18. so true
    May 25, 2011

    “Apres Bonde se la tere” has all been forgotten.

    Mountains being torn down.
    Quarries Silting up her reefs
    Colas plant poisoning her largest nursery….layou river
    Her $ and resources being given away
    Passports/nationality being sold
    Drug dealers ruling
    Law profession lacks/abandoned professional integrity.
    Frenchy fooling/lying to We

  19. Roger Burnett
    May 25, 2011

    A beautiful poem that ought to be required reading for every person in the land.

  20. only
    May 25, 2011

    This is a nice poem. Much of it I agree with and some I disagree with. The Indians were the original people of this island. Everyone else came later as emigrants due to imperialism or a desire to live here. There is still hope for this island. It is unique and it is not completely destroyed. There is still time to reclaim and give back respect. However, the time is short.
    The disrespect is from people who do not know what they have here and allow it to be given away or taken away cheaply by other entities.
    The disrespect is the pollution that has been created unnecessarly by consumption from products in other countries along the line of agrichemical and technology. While some technology is essential and makes for an easier lifestyle, much of it is not necessary. DA was a different place before the TV set came and took over.
    Exercise your right to vote before you no longer have it. And vote for a candidate with integrity, forget about the political parties. Vote for someone who is for the people and not themselves.

  21. Anonymous
    May 25, 2011

    Brilliant everything said there is so true! Now you are spread all over from coast to coast

    You allowed me to be populated by people I do not know

    So love for country they will never show

    I’m being used, abused and disrespected

  22. D/CAN
    May 25, 2011

    a-a after reading this, I feel like I need to apologise to Dominica…but the line “I am no longer praised envied and admired…YOU ARE and I’m sure not only by me….

    Beautiful poem.

  23. shatta
    May 25, 2011

    Such beauty,if dominica could talk eh,the current government won’t speak of her,neither would bath estate be of existence

    • a little humor does wonders
      May 25, 2011

      sa Bathe Estate fair ou e bien fair..aa!!!

    • Muslim_always
      May 25, 2011

      Where is this bath estate talk all of a sudden Shatta? Talk to me, did I miss something?

  24. sayodityodit
    May 25, 2011

    I likey… I really do think she would say these things :) :)

  25. doctor love
    May 25, 2011

    WHY HAVE YOU SELECTED A FRENCH MAN TO RUN MY LIFE.

  26. Concerned
    May 25, 2011

    I believe that’s one of the BEST putr of poem put together. For a Dominican living oversea , I feel but keep up the work and keep the fre burning.

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