Published: 12th of December, 2023. Guyana, South America.
After the tragic death of 5 GDF officers on a mission to Region 7 near to the border with Venezuela, many Guyanese have written tributes, and some performed songs, in honor of their sacrifice. In this poem, prominent Guyanese legal professional, author, and poet, Mr. Ronald J. Daniels, pens a heartwarming poem in honor of the five who tragically died as well as the two who survived the helicopter crash on that fateful day of December 7, 2023.
Your passing leaves a nation sore Your legend will now rival folklores An unprecedented loss, never before Sorrow sweeps from the border to the Atlantic shore A nation torn to its core For heroes who will forever soar You died for what you stood for You epitomised every fibre of the uniforms you wore Mike, you were an unrivalled maestro in the air Sean, you were a lecturer extraordinaire Gary, you were the quintessential Brigadier Jason, you were clearly the husband and father of every year Michael, you brought light to every atmosphere You were unforgettable since our Hugh Wooding years An assortment of men who were the rarest rare Who carried the weight our nation was called to bear Maduro, you’re marching to the end of your reign Bolivar’s blood does not run through your veins Simon was a giant; you’re just a blown-up frame Who is stooping lower than the low coastal plain The blood on your hands, that’s our heroes stain The stake in your heart, that’s our country’s pain The weight on your conscience, that’s Bolivar’s disdain The man in the mirror, hmm…just the shell that remains Simon fought for freedom, but you’re fuelled by greed Your country’s got more resources than your people need Essequibo is not what your people really want to cede Instead, what Venezuela needs is someone who could lead Our heroes, we bid you Godspeed A New Guyana will rise-up where you planted seed No concessions…we will not concede Even if every drop of blood we are called upon to bleed Crawford and Jackson, we’re grateful to have you here We can’t imagine what it must have been like being there You are no less heroes because your lungs are collecting air We salute you; please keep standing tall and square To the families and loved ones of our fallen heroes, our hearts and shoulders are yours through this difficult season. Ronald J. Daniels December 12, 2023