Contrasts

The following poem was written from a beach chair while on my honeymoon in Cuba. I couldn’t get over the incredible contrasts I noticed throughout the country, and attempted to write something that would accurately capture what I experienced during our week on this unique Caribbean island.

A seaside resort,
a plethora of hospitality,
a hundred people basking in warmth
under shaded huts and palm trees.

A decrepit shack,
a street of gates,
an aging horse tied to a fence
frantically trying to find a meal.

A smiling server,
a wealth of tips,
a hundred staff catering to the
rich tourists’ every whim.

A military uniform,
a limbless beggar,
a fading population of heart-
hardened Cubans trying to survive.

This is a country of contrasts.
Of those who come to escape,
and those who long to run away.

It is a country of wealth,
of poverty,
of communist ideals mixed with
sea, sun and endless struggle.

A rich man,
a poor man,
an endless surge of people
longing for something better
than what they have today.

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About Amanda Hope

Communications professional. Book lover. History nerd. Runner. Tea drinker. Musician. Proud 'Pegger.
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