CUTTING SUGARCANE – By Dmitri Allicock

cane cutter


 By Dmitri Allicock


In the blazing heat or pouring rain

Cutlass chopping stalks of sugarcane

Guyanese men like steel and leather

Breaking backs in the humid weather

Sugarcane burning, sugarcane to slash

Razor sharp chops of stalk and trash

Blackness from fire where reptiles hunt

Loads on shoulder to canal and punt

Payment by the weight for daily wages

Cutting sugarcane a story for the ages

On the sprawling fields of the coastal plain

Molasses of soul where sugar King Reigns


Guyana Cane Field Workers: A Tribute

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On December 14, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Dmitri, I especially liked the line, “Guyanese men like steel and leather.” Cane cutters had to be tough to do the job and to survive.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On December 15, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Thanks Rosaliene. Hard and very dangerous work for sure

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