ED GORDON, host:
Time now for our Poet's Moment.
Ms. FREDA DENIS-COOPER (Poet): My name is Freda Denis-Cooper, and this is my poem, "Dream of Dominica."
`Having never basked on her warm mocha shores or swam in her crystal blue-green waters, having never breathed her dew-fresh morning air or bathed in her cool rivers, having never walked her winding roads or witnessed her breathtaking landscapes, having never heard her Savannah songs of birds and children in school yards, having never explored her mountain trails or smelled her intoxicating floral fragrance, having never tasted her candy-sweet mangoes or feasted on her delightful recipes, having never dwelled among her colorful culture or felt the warmth of her sunlight, having never experienced her beauties and the vastness of her lush lands. You may wonder how I've come to know Dominica. Of her many stories, she whispers me some. And of her many suns, she's given me one. And in spite of my having never seen her smile or been held in her bosom, she knows me well and sends her sun to give me kisses, filled with all that she is. From afar, she beckons me, daughter, and when I close my eyes tight, I can run to her, mother Dominica.'
My poem "Dream of Dominica" is dedicated to my husband, Bobby, and to his birthplace, this small unspoiled Caribbean island, Dominica. I still have yet to visit there, but the beauty of poetry is that it can take us to places we may never go and show us things we may never see.
GORDON: Freda Denis-Cooper lives in Durham, North Carolina. Her collection of poems is titled "Stones Unturned: The Soul Poetic."
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