Born in Antigua, West Indies, Althea Romeo-Mark is an educator and writer who grew up in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. She has lived and taught in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA, Liberia (1976-1990), London, England (1990-1991), and in Switzerland since 1991. She earned a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from the University of the Virgin Islands and an M.A. in Modern American Literature from Kent State University, U.S.A. She also has a Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CETEFLA).
She considers herself a citizen of the world, having lived and taught in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (Adelita Concryne Middle School 1971-72); the USA (Department of Pan-African Affairs, Kent State University, TA 1972-74), Ohio; Liberia (University of Liberia 1976-1990); England (Fulham Cross Secondary Girls School January-July, 1991) and in Switzerland since 1991(Klubschule Migros, 1992-2012 and Volkshochule beider Basel & Senioren University 2000-present).
Hurricanes Ir-marie Flex their Muscles in the Caribbean
(for my people in the Caribbean devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria)
Our once green islands,
salted brown by wind and rain,
roofs blue-green tarped,
sit unlit in the dark.
In the hurricanes’ aftermath,
headlines sink off-island family’s hearts
We are patient in waiting— lines are down
and we rely on news of siblings’ sightings.
The daily news of loss, looting, death,
the threat of water-borne diseases,
reports of demand out-running pricey supply,
photos of snaking shopping lines,
and headlines of imposed curfews
reminiscent of war zones,
are hard to swallow. CONTINUE TO READ HERE…..
Main Photo: Althea Romeo-Mark, Poet