This poem was inspired by the following excerpt from the book Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton. It was written with my beloved country Barbados in mind and is dedicated to all civic-minded people who at some time have cried for their country but learnt that to love is inevitably to let go.
"Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or a valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much."