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Jamaica Poetry on My Caribbean Island Vacation

Updated on July 12, 2017
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A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.

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The sunset is amazing on the beach at "Jackie's on the Reef" in Negril, Jamaica.
The sunset is amazing on the beach at "Jackie's on the Reef" in Negril, Jamaica. | Source

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"My Jamaica" (JLE 2007)


Return to Jamaica

The native land of family

And generations before me,

I come as a native "Jahmerican"

Looking for my place in time,

On an island far away yet right at home.


As I meditate by the ocean,

The presence of my ancestors rise

And touch me on my back.

I feel the overwhelming connection,

Rooted in the 'souls' of my feet,

Grounding me in spirit to my people.


The richness of the colorful land

Filled my eyes with pleasure.

Bold and beautiful yellows and reds,

Found in exotic plants and foods,

Warm hues of brown skins of my people,

Glisten in the hot sun.


The spirit of the ocean moves the waters,

A blue-green shade unmatched by Crayola

Pierced my eyes with wonderment,

As I stared at the sea in awe.

The splashing current on the sands

Creates a paradise only found in my Jamaica.

Coconut Trees are Plentiful in Jamaica

Coconut trees surround the resort at "Jackie's on the Reef" in Negril.
Coconut trees surround the resort at "Jackie's on the Reef" in Negril. | Source

Enjoying the Blue-Green Ocean from a Cliff

Sitting on the Negril Cliffs at Xtabi Resort offers the best view of the ocean.
Sitting on the Negril Cliffs at Xtabi Resort offers the best view of the ocean. | Source

Ackee Fruit is a Food Staple of Jamaican Cuisine

The ackee trees at Xtabi Resort are beautiful.
The ackee trees at Xtabi Resort are beautiful. | Source

Tasty Grilled Lobster

The world famous grilled lobster at "3 Dives Restaurant" in Negril will make your mouth water before  you take your first bite.
The world famous grilled lobster at "3 Dives Restaurant" in Negril will make your mouth water before you take your first bite. | Source

The Caves Are Special Features of Xtabi Resort

Cave under Negril Cliffs, Negril, Jamaica
Cave under Negril Cliffs, Negril, Jamaica | Source

Location of Xtabi Resort in Negril

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Bob Marley's "One Love" Theme Song of Jamaica

© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Wonderful tribute to a beautiful place, thank you.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, glad you liked it.

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      Alisa Arishina 4 years ago

      The poem/picture mix seems very interesting!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Alisa. Glad you noticed that, my pics happened to worked out perfectly with my words. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bobby Isenhower 4 years ago from Crothersville, IN

      Oh you know i love the pictures :) and the poem too of course :)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      (Smiling) Thank you. I appreciate your pics as well. Thnx for coming by and liking it.

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      go-barbara-go 4 years ago

      I don't know, but the poem-photo combination created a more dramatic effect...Wonderful!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Well then, mission accomplished! Thank you so much for stopping by to read it and give such a nice comment. Glad you liked it.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Lovely both words and photos. I've been to Montego Bay and Kingston before but didn't really get the chance to explore the inner beauty of the place. Hopefully in my next business trip. Gotta try those lobsters too.

      This, I'm pinning and sharing! Thanks.

      P.S. I can't find your pin button. :(

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks CrisSp. You are so sweet. I don't have a Pinterest acct :-( I appreciate your sharing otherwise. Thank you kindly for your generosity and for stopping by.

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      Murphy 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Negril... My most favorite place in the world.. Xtabi on the cliffs (Where I always stay Villa #1 over the pointed cliff bordering Kaisers)... Watching Ninja Man, Shaba Ranks, & Maxi Priest on the beach back in the day... Y.S. Falls back in the day when only the locals knew about it... The rainforests... The Coffee... Spicy hot Schrimp Bammie sandwiches on the roadside... How no building is allowed to be taller than the tallest Palm Tree... Kaisers Cafe and their beats setting us into motion next door at Xtabi... I will go back again, and again... The people so warm.. Their smiles so bright.. Kids playing in the sand, dirt, and trees like I used to when I was a kid... No such thing as nintendos that I can ever remember seeing there... "Can you tell me the time?" I asked our Rasta friend who looked to the sky and replied "It's Daytime Mon"... Bangarra in my bones... Negril my 2nd home.... Thanks for bringing it back jan!!!... Up! Awesome! & shared!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      CriticalMessage, my goodness, what wonderful words you impart as comments! This sounds like a great hub as you reminisce. I'm so glad you found this hub and received good feelings from it. Thank you for stopping by, voting up, and sharing my hub.

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      Keisha Hunter 2 years ago from Paradise and then some

      Indeed this hub beautifully captures this beautiful island. Voted up. I haven't been to Negril nearly as much as I ought to have.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      That makes my day, Keisha. So glad it resonated with you. Thanks for the vote up and the visit.

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