Danielle Legros Georges' Haiti
profile piece by Kathleen Burges. After the 2010 earthquake, journalistic convention resulted in every story leading with the fact that Haiti is "the poorest country in the Western hemisphere." True, yes, but only partly so, and true in a way that ignores the persistent richness of life. Burges ends her piece with these lines that Legros Georges composed on this topic, lyrical and lovely.
You should be called beacon, and flame,
almond and bougainvillea, garden
and green mountain, villa and hut,
little girl with red ribbons in her hair,
books-under-arm, charmed by the light