A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.
Jamaica Vacation Marked By Iconic Sunset
Return to Jamaica
The native land of family
And generations before me,
I come as a native "Jahmerican"
Looking for my place in time,
On an island far away yet right at home.
As I meditate by the ocean,
The presence of my ancestors rise
And touch me on my back.
I feel the overwhelming connection,
Rooted in the 'souls' of my feet,
Grounding me in spirit to my people.
The richness of the colorful land
Filled my eyes with pleasure.
Bold and beautiful yellows and reds,
Found in exotic plants and foods,
Warm hues of brown skins of my people,
Glisten in the hot sun.
The spirit of the ocean moves the waters,
A blue-green shade unmatched by Crayola
Pierced my eyes with wonderment,
As I stared at the sea in awe.
The splashing current on the sands
Creates a paradise only found in my Jamaica.
Coconut Trees are Plentiful in Jamaica
Enjoying the Blue-Green Ocean from a Cliff
Ackee Fruit is a Food Staple of Jamaican Cuisine
Tasty Grilled Lobster
The Caves Are Special Features of Xtabi Resort
Popular Resort Areas on the Island of Jamaica
Bob Marley's "One Love" Theme Song of Jamaica
© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans
Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on May 17, 2015:
That makes my day, Keisha. So glad it resonated with you. Thanks for the vote up and the visit.
Keisha Hunter from Kingston, Jamaica on May 16, 2015:
Indeed this hub beautifully captures this beautiful island. Voted up. I haven't been to Negril nearly as much as I ought to have.
Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on January 26, 2013:
CriticalMessage, my goodness, what wonderful words you impart as comments! This sounds like a great hub as you reminisce. I'm so glad you found this hub and received good feelings from it. Thank you for stopping by, voting up, and sharing my hub.
Murphy from Chicagoland, Illinois on January 25, 2013:
Negril... My most favorite place in the world.. Xtabi on the cliffs (Where I always stay Villa #1 over the pointed cliff bordering Kaisers)... Watching Ninja Man, Shaba Ranks, & Maxi Priest on the beach back in the day... Y.S. Falls back in the day when only the locals knew about it... The rainforests... The Coffee... Spicy hot Schrimp Bammie sandwiches on the roadside... How no building is allowed to be taller than the tallest Palm Tree... Kaisers Cafe and their beats setting us into motion next door at Xtabi... I will go back again, and again... The people so warm.. Their smiles so bright.. Kids playing in the sand, dirt, and trees like I used to when I was a kid... No such thing as nintendos that I can ever remember seeing there... "Can you tell me the time?" I asked our Rasta friend who looked to the sky and replied "It's Daytime Mon"... Bangarra in my bones... Negril my 2nd home.... Thanks for bringing it back jan!!!... Up! Awesome! & shared!
Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on January 25, 2013:
Thanks CrisSp. You are so sweet. I don't have a Pinterest acct :-( I appreciate your sharing otherwise. Thank you kindly for your generosity and for stopping by.
CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on January 25, 2013:
Lovely both words and photos. I've been to Montego Bay and Kingston before but didn't really get the chance to explore the inner beauty of the place. Hopefully in my next business trip. Gotta try those lobsters too.
This, I'm pinning and sharing! Thanks.
P.S. I can't find your pin button. :(
Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 20, 2012:
Well then, mission accomplished! Thank you so much for stopping by to read it and give such a nice comment. Glad you liked it.
Go-Barbara-Go from Philippines on October 20, 2012:
I don't know, but the poem-photo combination created a more dramatic effect...Wonderful!
Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 09, 2012:
(Smiling) Thank you. I appreciate your pics as well. Thnx for coming by and liking it.
Bobby Isenhower from Crothersville, IN on October 09, 2012:
Oh you know i love the pictures :) and the poem too of course :)
Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 04, 2012:
Thanks, Alisa. Glad you noticed that, my pics happened to worked out perfectly with my words. Thanks for stopping by.
Alisa Arishina on October 04, 2012:
The poem/picture mix seems very interesting!
Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 02, 2012:
Thank you, glad you liked it.
Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 02, 2012:
Wonderful tribute to a beautiful place, thank you.