O twin islands in the Caribbean!
I heard of you before
And now I find myself at your delightful door
Your names, Antigua and Barbuda,
End with ‘a’ as my Jamaica and America.
At first sight, I admire you
With the sea around, so wide and blue
And hope to enjoy your pleasant land
Of birds and flowers and unique sand.
I viewed your people – mainly of African descent
And prayed they’d never a visitor prevent
How picturesque and luxuriant your green-robed hills
The verdure of the valleys, my heart with awe fills.
Your sisterly twin-ship I do admire
Your islands, like paradise, set my heart on fire
I like the friendly folk I meet
And hope that visitors they will always greet.
Folk who feel quite bored in their own land
Can have fun here with sun, sea, and sand
On the ferry-man you can well depend
To take you from isle to isle, if money you will spend.
If you love fish, Barbuda offers much
If you crave bird-watching, there you will find such
Pink sand with shells so different and rare
Will fascinate your vision with other things there.
Dreamlike Antigua and Barbuda – isles unique
I hope to return with others, more pleasure to seek
Your loveliness, grandeur and breathtaking views
I’ll gladly spread abroad, as most gracious news.
Rita A Anglin
A visitor, 90, born in Jamaica and living in the USA