Monday, May 1, 2017

Humans, With Names

They Have Names
by
Ric Couchman


























They are not merely part of the Guyana landscape. 
They each have a story. 
They are our fellow citizens.
They have names. 
They cry. 
They laugh. 
They hurt. 
They feel pain. 
They love. 
They dream. 
They have virtues. 
They desire companionship.
They have vices. 
They feel shame. 
They feel pride. 
They desire to be touched. 
They desire respect. 
They desire friendship. 
They experience anger. 
They smile. 
They have weaknesses. 
They want to look nice. 
They have strengths. 
They are human. 
Just like the rest of us.
They have names -
Andrew aka Tallman, aka Rasputin 
Ronald
Anthony
Mr. Meertins
Errol
Auntie Neisha
Tyrone
Shaun aka Sancho
Andre
Gary
Ms. Sandra -
Just like the rest of us.