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Saved by Sugarcane

Rain is brewing; 
black clouds hang over the Cockpit Country.
Them rainclouds have a habit of shifting colors like a lizard.
The smell of the pending shower is strong on September’s breath; 
the sun take a well-deserved break.

Mango season is long gone, 
and bellies are tied up in knots.
Naseberries; they accompanied the mangoes.

Them guys from abroad, 
who bought the government land across from the football field, 
slaughtered them faithful guava trees. 
They build condos,
but poor people can’t eat condos. 
How inconsiderate them big-shot government boys are.

We (me, Footloose, and Squealie) device a plan, 
when our bellies start telling us something must be done, 
but we have to wait ‘til darkness falls, 
‘cause bushes have eyes in sunlight.

While everyone sleeps in the bosom of the night,
we put on our birthday suits, 
and scale the barbed wire fence at the back of the house. 
We are now one with the blinding shadows.

We race carelessly across the open pasture; 
burrs biting at our tender flesh, 
and mosquitoes humming maddening music in our ears.

We tip toe on the dry leaves, 
using our hands as shields
to fend off the razor-sharp edges of the cane leaves.
We drop down on all four, bellies on the ground; 
we navigate the rows like them American marines – naked and all.

We ate our full, 
and Squealie wet the bed that night.
Them sugarcane have a way of making us hyper.
Footloose fell from a Poinciana tree and fractured his hand, 
but we stayed energized that fall.

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  1. Date: 12/20/2010 4:07:00 PM
    Congratulations, Earle, on your win in the contest. Dan C

  1. Date: 12/20/2010 8:54:00 AM
    Congratulations Earle on your worthy poem's honored place. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 12:49:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 11/25/2010 3:23:00 AM
    Earle - Many congrats on winning coveted spot in contest..... Happy Thanksgiving.... Luv & Best wishes.....Hitendra Mehta

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 6:32:00 PM
    Hi Earl I so love this.Some of your lines are so wonderfully creative.I also love the idea of the hungry yet mischievous threesome-were you truly one-? wriggling naked(ouch!) on their bellies to satisfy their rumbling tums.A wonderful portayal of life showing it's at times unsympathetic reality coupled with it's humorous contrast and the indomitable strength of the human spirit-albeit children.Congratulations on being a winner.Well deserved.Love June (S)

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 7:51:00 AM
    Excellent poem, Earle! Big congratulations to you for this fine placement in the soup contest! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 5:48:00 PM
    LOVE IT love it love it! This is really good stuff, Earle!! A very well deserved win and a fav for this one. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 12:52:00 PM
    Hi Earle! My congratulations on your win in the PS Intl. Contest! Love this! Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 10:33:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Earle in The PoetrySoup International Contest with your amazing poetry. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/23/2010 6:30:00 AM
    Congrats Earle on your super win in the P.S. contest with this brilliant entry luv.. enjoy your special place of honor today as well as a very Happy Thanksgiving with luv..

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 10:14:00 PM
    Warmest congratulations, loved your poem it made for a great read, Anna-Marie.

  1. Date: 11/22/2010 9:51:00 PM
    Congrats for being among the winners, Cheers i take inspiration from you cheers suresh

  1. Date: 11/12/2010 4:07:00 PM

  1. Date: 11/10/2010 9:19:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through the first round of the Poetrysoup site contest Earle. The best to you in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 12:02:00 PM
    Good write. Not too young to appreciate and remember. Congrats on the selection. Dave

  1. Date: 8/5/2010 9:35:00 PM
    Congratulations for your being featured this week. Love, iolanda

  1. Date: 8/5/2010 4:43:00 PM
    Wow Earle, This is just Excellent and I can see why it is being Featured. Congratulations! Aloha, Connie

  1. Date: 8/5/2010 5:33:00 AM
    Congrats on having your poem being featured on the Poetry Soup home page this week. Please keep your creative caps on, let your poetry pen keep painting your poetry pads with colors of creativity. Enjoy the honour. Love always, Adeleke

  1. Date: 8/3/2010 6:18:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poem being featured this week Earle. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/2/2010 8:40:00 PM
    Congrats Earle on your featured poem this week on the Soup.. a nice one to share with us all.. with luv..