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Precious Haiti

Precious Haiti

Haiti sounds like hate I
Rhymes with Baby doc
And Papa doc

Feels like
Made in USA
But Unlike the Mariel Boatlift
The people are excluded from

White teeth
French and Creole speaking

Shook the world
Fought and won
A great war
Against the French
But this black
This first black republic
Like a white’s man rabbit’s foot
Like a white’s voodoo
Back fired 

On Haiti
Because they
Reversed Reparation
For 100 years

250 years ago
An earthquake
Rocked Haiti

The world yawned

100 years ago
An earthquake
Rocked Haiti

The world 
Announced the seismic

Minutes ago
Haiti sat on a wall
Haiti had a great fall

And like Humpty Dumpty
All the King’s horses and All the King’s men
Couldn’t put aside their hate and indifference
To put Haiti back together again…..

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