Prayer for Haiti

Haiti: a Prayer

Taino Indians
Of the South American
Arawaks
You called the western third
Of the Island
Ayiti
Mountainous land

Europeans arrived —
Columbus landed on your
Island
December, 1492

You are the only
Free country
In our time
Created from slave
Revolt

And the world’s first
Independent
Black republic

You have been long time
Crushed
Your land saturated with blood
Spoiled by your own
Leadership

And others

Abandoned you were
Long ago

Now —
You are tragic

If we believe in justice
It is a double course justice

If we believe in compassion
There is no stranger

Or we are all strangers
Not just then
But always

If we believe in people
There is no one outside the camp
Tonight
Who cannot be brought
Within

If we believe in good
Then there is good
And only good

If we believe in wholeness
There is no broken
No partial
No incomplete

No land too ruined
To be repaired

O G-d —
You are endlessly patient
Compassionate

When will You abandon us?

Never

james stone goodman
united states of america