One of the several poems from the anthology entitled THIS IS GUYANA. It was written in January 1965 and narrated the situation in Guyana at that time.


Oh fair Guyana, of beautiful maiden,
With misery, grief and torture was thou laden;
Very fair! How like a bewildered child thou didst stand,
Bowing thy breasts, leaning shoulders on fairy England.

Does England care for thy tender emotions?
So what, she shook; thou fell ‘flat’ in the wide ocean;
Many great hands so quickly stretched forth to bear thee well,
But nay, thou rather swam, that great fall the world to tell.

Thy many cares, thy worries and sufferance
Long, so long thou bore with patience and governance;
Like askance of humanity they peep through their eyes
To speculate thy beautiful face, thy great tear dyes.

Now thou are truly grown to maturity,
With all the sped many came to over strip thee;
So how? Like a ‘smiling princess’ forever thou stands
Ever walking and ever talking with all the lands.

Thou are thy own, thy kingdom and sovereign
And merry maids and courtiers around thee shall sing;
When justice from creation’s face thy treasure reveals,
What glorious sight displays the release of thy seals.

Copyright © Frank Ramtahal 2011

Submitted: March 16, 2011

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I really enjoy reading those series of poems, history interests me just as much poetry does.
If I'm not wrong, Guyana was captured by the British two times. First in 1796, then they were given back to the Dutch, and again the British captured them in 1814, and I believe, Guyana became a single colony in 1830/1831?
But however, Guyana became independent in 1866.
I actually happen to understand what it's all about.

I'm amazed by this. It's wonderful how you're able to talk about history through a poem, which even rhymes, and it still has it's "historical essence". The way you combined both poetry and history is beyond amazing. Overall, the poem is just astounding, marvelous. I can't find strong enough words!

Sun, July 10th, 2011 3:52pm


Many thanks for reading this poem and the 2 others. This would bring all my writing to have at lease one comment. It is very kind of you to grant my request.

Sun, July 10th, 2011 9:06am

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