Island Sounds
Dady Chery


By Dady Chery

A solitary guitar
consoles yesterday,
a coq welcomes the dawn,
raindrops tiptoe on a tin roof
while the sun looks on,
a cyclone whistles through the palms,
breadfruits fall from a cloud,
laughter spirals up to the full moon,
feet tap,
hands clap,
vibrate the night,
and stir memories of Guinea
like the silver bracelets
’round our limbs.
We translated
until we discovered
our heartbeats were the same.

Copyright © Dady Chery 2010-2015. All rights reserved

Sources: Haiti Chery | Painting: Woman With Guitar, by Haitian artist Jacques-Richard Chery.


Dady Chery

About Dady Chery

Dr. Dady Chery is a Haitian-born journalist, playwright, essayist, and poet. She is the author of "We Have Dared to Be Free: Haiti's Struggle Against Occupation." Her broad interests encompass science, culture, and human rights. She writes extensively about Haiti and world issues such as climate change and social justice. Her many contributions to Haitian news include the first proposal that Haiti’s cholera had been imported by the UN, and the first story describing Haiti’s mineral wealth.

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