Ritamae Louise Hyde, my dearest friend and author of ‘Mahogany Whispers’ has joined forces with me to share some of her poetry and words of wisdom in our very own Ritamae’s Corner.
Ritamae is one of Belize’s prominent poets. She has performed locally and at international poetry festivals. Her first book Mahogany Whispers explores Belize’s history from the perspective of the mahogany trees that once towered over Belize’s forest. These towering trees were cut down over two centuries of forest exploitation and exportation, but Ritamae chronicles their whispers in her magnificent book poetry.
“Why a book?”
Rita Mae Hyde,
“I find there is power of speech and words…they say that there is nothing so powerful than the power of speech and so it is my intention that these written whispers will make its way in our society. I want everybody to read it. I want you to read it. If you have children I want your children to read it and I want my grandparents to read it. I want every man, woman, and child within the Belizean society to read this book.”
Credit; Jules Vasquez of http://7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=16620