Cuffy -1763 Berbice African Slave Rebellion



By Leonard Dabydeen

 Close your eyes

go to sleep;

we shall not weep

but lift our heads

up high

to watch this monument

that you built upon

rocks of African slaves;    

embellishment –

rising to emancipation glory,

plantation Lilienburg rustling

with breezes across

the Canje river.

And callous hands

stained in brown sugar

Cuffy and Akara

stirring a rebellion


Governor Van Hoogenheim

move house

in the heart of Magdalenenburg,

with a new dawn

for independent Guyana

with Cuffy

towering in the nation’s capital:

a monument

at the Square of the Revolution !


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