Regnier: Haitian Prince
Regnier, Advocate, Haitian Prince,
Just as the sun rises from darkness keep,
And with it shadows of night gone since
A new tomorrow wakens you from sleep.
A sprightly leap towards heaven you bound
Each breath a gift from an almighty power;
An enduring peace, you've finally found
Earth's memories past. Bells chime the new hour.
Man's inhumanity to man in Earth's bosom hides
A deep, dark abyss with scourges filled;
Human dignity, power, and wealth divides,
Yet nought but walls nurturing poverty we build.
Frail Haitian boats, no port to fall,
God's souls thirsting for life, seeking new heights;
Regnier, you championed justice, heeded the call,
For man is much more than a bundle of rights.
Through orbs of light on angel's wings
Fly serene in slumber, nestle 'till dawn;
Your saxophone, a regal sacrament sings,
Princely ace in the pack from which you were drawn.
And as you alight to greet the new day,
May the rights you advocated echo in refrain;
Perhaps we've learnt the way from you, Regnier,
Your filial duty to God proclaimed forever, and again.
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