Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bahamian Poetry by James Catalyn

This Thursday, July 10, 2014, The Bahamas will be celebrating it's 41st Independence Day.  Here are two poems by James Catalyn, Bahamian Playwright, poet, actor and Cultural icon.


Being Bahamian
By
james j. Catalyn ©11th june 2009

I am proud of my heritage
My colour
My people
I am proud of my language, “Bahamianese”
My music
My foods
I am proud of those who have achieved
And those who may not have had
The opportunity
They are my fellowmen
I am proud of my National Symbols
And my faith in things spiritual
I am proud that I am me
And being Bahamian
I am Bahamian and Proud!


I AM A BAHAMIAN
by james j. catalyn © 26/3/92

I am a Bahamian!
My colour does not matter to me
It should not matter to you
I make no apology
I am proud of my colour
I am proud of the way I look
I am proud of me.

I am a Bahamian!

It is of no concern to me
That my father was born in another land
I was born Bahamian
I need not look elsewhere
For my heritage
No one is looking to me for theirs
No one is claiming me as “brother man”
Unless for dubious reasons.

I claim no one
But my Bahamian brothers
I know of no other roots
But my Bahamian roots
And I am proud.

I do not wish to run
From my country
To identify with another culture
Nor let others force
Their beliefs on me!

I am not African
I am not European
I am not black
I am not white
I am me!
I am a Bahamian!

I was born Bahamian
I have a right to be Bahamian
And I will die for the right
To remain, Bahamian!

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