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By Gillena Cox
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Identity emancipation freed people
to love and build a new society
Out of those chains of slavery
ignorance and greed
To bond shackle free
in a country
Living side by side
one nation
From diverse heritage
now one common love
Love of self
respect for each other
Moved forward
toward Republic
Statement me
with a sense of worth
Product we
with a sense of pride
In Trinidad and Tobago
understanding liberation

N.B. Emancipation Day came about in the Caribbean in 1838; It was the rebellion of the slaves not the British abolitinist that brought about this freedom. Emancipation Day became an official holiday in T&T in 1985. Emancipation Day is observed as a holiday on August 1st in Trinidad and Tobago.
EMANCIPATION T&T (c)2002 Gillena Cox

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Submitted: Sunday, June 23, 2002

Last Updated: Saturday, July 27, 2002

About the Poet
I live in Trinidad of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; a multi ethnic, multi religious society. I write poetry for the sheer joy of crafting my feelings, my emotions my thoughts. I enjoy the challenge of abstraction in writing haiku. Married to Anthony Cox in 1971; we have a daughter Yanda and a son Khama. I was born in 1950 First grandchild: a grand-daughter born October 2012 My profile is a 2013 photo (poet bio updated 2013)

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