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CAMILLE
GASKIN-REYES
Up and down
men race
scuttling earth
to the master's
house on the
hilltop.

HAIKU POEM
ROSALIENE BACCHUS
Today in the Metro
A bird flew in
And panic-fluttered in circles
Rupturing morning routines
Of commuters
Who usually robo-gaze straight ahead
Caffeine-deprived vacant stare plastered on visage
Or
Bury themselves behind journals
And very important documents
And
Busy themselves with
Cellphones
Laptops
Tablets
And
Music makers
Self-medicating
And isolating themselves
With throbbing tunes
And all manner of distractions
From the mass of humanity
Within the train
And from the rest of humanity outside the train
Commuters, in their haste to the daily grind
Normally oblivious to indigents on the street
Or unexploded devices in Afghanistan
Or famine in Darfur
Only worrying about the boss
And their workload and their projects
Awaiting them on their desks that day
These very commuters
When a bird flapped and trembled around their heads
They seemed to sense the parallels in their lives
Being as trapped and ensnared as the bird itself
In their commuting, dog-eat-dog, win-lose-win lives
And so
Wonder of wonders
They lifted their buried heads
And removed their earplugs
And set aside their sundry gadgets
And they communicated
Yes, they actually talked to each other
And rallied around the unfortunate visitor
Strategically mapping out a plan
To rescue and liberate
Their feathered friend
And
They succeeded in gently corralling and releasing the bird
And smiling and congratulating themselves
On a communal early-morning good deed well done
While outside of the train
Humanity pulsated
Atrocities never stopped
The trafficking of children continued
Violence in Africa raged
Wars were fought elsewhere
(in the name of freedom and democracy)
And hostages were taken
And closer to home
Addicts were shooting up
And prostitutes were plying their wares galore
But today in the Metro
While hopelessness, hunger and depravation
Captured most of the earth in a steely grip
A bird was freed
And commuters patted themselves on the back.

Disturbing the Peace
Camille Gaskin-Reyes
OBLIVIOUS
REDEMPTION SONG
BY
BOB MARLEY

And I believe that poetry is an action, ephemeral or solemn,
emotion and action, the nearness to oneself, the nearness to
mankind and to the secret manifestations of nature. And no
less strongly I think that all this is sustained - man and his
shadow, man and his conduct, man and his poetry - by an
ever-wider sense of community, by an effort which will for
ever bring together the reality and the dreams in us because
it is precisely in this way that poetry unites and mingles
them.
CHILEAN POET, PABLO NERUDA (1904-1974), FROM HIS SPEECH GIVEN ON
RECEIPT OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE 1971
PRINTED WITH PERMISSION
Camille Gaskin-Reyes
Camille Gaskin-
Reyes Ph.D, a
Guyanese-American,
is an urban and
regional planning
consultant with
extensive experience
in Latin America and
the Caribbean.

She is an adjunct
professor at the
Georgetown
University and
George Washington
University in
Washington D.C.

She sprends most of
her free time
reading, writing
poetry and children
stories. She is
currently working on
the publication of her
first children's book
set in Guyana.

Her favorite poets
are Pablo Neruda
and Rumi.

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