WITH FEVER IN OUR HEARTS
Marlène Rigaud Apollon, M.S.

With all the fever of my PRIDE attacked
I say STOP calling us
THE POOREST

We may have once been so
When, 209 plus years ago
With all the fever of LIBERTY burning in their minds, bodies and souls
Our ancestors
Defeated the colonial troops and beat ALL odds and projections
To become the FIRST AND ONLY Enslaved People
To smash their shackles, stand up for their rights
And then gave US a country of our own

A country that
With all the fever of its People’s RESILIENCE,
Survived
Crippling coups d’Etats, crippling dictatorships
Crippling civil wars, crippling foreign occupations,
Crippling self and outside exploitation,
Crippling internal and external corruption,
Crippling deprivations of food for heart, mind, and body,
Crippling insecurity, crippling instability,
Crippling divisions

A People who, with all the fever of its INNER SPIRIT,
Kept bouncing back
Despite Killer floods
Killer droughts
Killer hurricanes
And the worst Killer earthquake
And first Killer Cholera epidemic of her history

A People who, with all the fever of its CREATIVITY
And despite static statistics as to her potential for survival
Keeps on striving to keep breathing, to keep living
To keep moving ahead

So I say STOP
STOP calling us the POOREST
And WATCH US

WATCH US work together
Moun an dedan with Moun an deyò -
Haiti with Diaspora.
WATCH US take over our Lives and Destiny
With all the fever of our Hope uncrushed and of our Spirit unfazed

AND
WATCH US HEAL
WATCH US LEARN
WATCH US TEACH
WATCH US BUILD AND REBUILD
SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES, HOSPITALS, BRIDGES AND MORE!
WATCH US SOW
WATCH US GROW
WATCH US BLOOM
FROM SMALL VILLAGES TO BIG CITIES
FROM SEASHORES TO VALLEYS AND TO MOUNTAIN TOPS
WITH ALL THE FEVER OF OUR LOVE AND CARING

WATCH our young people follow in our footsteps
With all the fever of their vigorous hearts, bodies, spirits and souls
And WATCH US flourish
Generation after generation
Till we rise from our ashes, once and for all
And, as on the First Day of our Life as a Nation,
Become the Model for the whole world
TO RESPECT AND EMULATE!

WITH FEVER IN OUR HEARTS
Let’s TOGETHER tell them: STOP!
STOP calling us THE POOREST
And WATCH US!
WATCH US!
WATCH US!

Marlène Rigaud Apollon, M.S is the author of Cris de Colère, Chants d’Espoir, I Want to Dance, Si je n’avais que des regrets.  She holds a Masters of Science degree in Creative Writing from Towson University, Maryland.  
“With Fever in our hearts” was specially written at the request of Dr. Serge Bontemps for Dr. Hervé Boucard of the New Jersey Chapter of the AMHE (Association of Haitian Physician Abroad) in celebration of their “Night of Fever” Fundraising Gala Event of Saturday, June 8, 2013

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