Nos Couleurs

Nos Couleurs (André Légallant)

Rouge les flamboyants
Foyers d’incendie
Aux quatre phares de l’horizon
Symbole du sang répandu de nos aïeux
Je te nomme fraternité.

Bleu des îles australes
Miracle de la mer indienne
Qui déferle sur nos côtes
D’éternelles symphonies
Je te nomme fidélité.

Jaune des plages aux sables d’or
Que protègent de hauts cocotiers
Dont les cimes ruissellent
Du trésor du couchant
Je te nomme prospérité
.

Vert de nos immenses champs de cannes
Debout autour de vieux moulins
Qui sentent le sucre et la mélasse
Le dur labeur en plein soleil
Je te nomme fertilité.

Rouge bleu jaune vert
Désormais réunis pour la gloire d’un peuple
Sur le chemin de la liberté
Plus d’un siècle aujourd’hui
Vous porte le salut.

This poem brings back fond memories. I wonder if Daddy still has that book from where I learnt it, with all the pictures and everything =)

Like everything else in this world, you have a dark side so very dark that one might go blind from its blinding darkness. But your beauty is that despite that horrible side of yours, you are still a living paradise. Not because of your gorgeous blue seas, luxuriously soft sand or heart warming sun. But because you are what I call home.

Dear Motherland, I bow to you. I shall try hard to maintain my faith in you, and dig up the courage to work my ass off to make you a better place to live in. I will be back home soon. I pray.

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2 Comments on “Nos Couleurs”

  1. radicalblackrose says:

    that was perhaps the most lovingly patriotic thing i ever heard. or rather, read.

    truly.

    i will join you in your quest. teehee.

  2. bansuri says:

    yayy!! Let’s work hard and make our homes better places to live in!
    muacks!!


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