9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Shot in Head in Croixville Housing Community; Police Detain 15-Year-Old

Concerned Residents Clean Christiansted Town Using Their Own Tools, Money, and Some Help from the VI Fire Service

Territory May See Veterans Cemetery Through DeGazon-Sponsored Bill

Credit and Debit Cards of WAPA Customers Were Compromised Since August 30th, WAPA Says, Authority to Finally Start Issuing Notification Via Mail and Email

Sports Tourism in VI Gains Momentum as DC United Team is set to Play Exhibition Soccer Game on St. Croix

Carnival Breeze Brings 3,700 Tourists to St. Croix During Maiden Call; Senators, Tourism Officials Want to See More

Limetree Bay Willing To Provide $10 Million To Help Add Life to a Dying G.E.R.S.

American Airlines to Serve St. Croix With New Flights Next Summer

The Sudden Death of Influential Roots Reggae Visionary, Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite Band and Akae Beka, Has Rocked the Virgin Islands and Reggae Community Around the World

Arthur A. Richards K-8 School Hosts Anti-Bullying Campaign

Come Out. Hang Out. Have Fun at The Meat Up, One of St. Thomas’ Latest Hot-Spot for Good Food with Friends and Family.

UVI Board of Trustees Approves $47.1 Million Fiscal Year 2020 Budget; Sets $3 Million Fundraising Goal

Man Dies During Early Morning Car Accident on St. Croix; Driver of Car Arrested (Updated)

'You Did Everything You Could to Prevent this from Happening': An Emotional Goodbye to Young Aaron Benjamin

Back in Business: Cost U Less on St. Thomas Opened its Doors Friday to Thousands of Customers 2 Years after Irma and Maria

Bill Aimed at Regulating Credit Use by Gov't Departments and Agencies Among Others Held in Committee

Juan Luis Hospital Announces Completion and Availability of Mobile Dialysis Facilities

Tractor Trailer With Tank Carrying Thousands Of Gallons of Liquified Gas Flips Near Cool Out Bar; Driver Injured But Alive

Credit and Debit Card Hack Through WAPA Appears to be Widespread in Virgin Islands; WAPA Says Support Services Will be Made Available to Affected Customers

Facing Life in Prison Without Parole, Mother and Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty in Murder of 4-Year-Old Boy

Poem | Hurricane Maria

Opinion / Videos / Virgin Islands / September 19, 2018

I wasn’t there but I was filled with despair, St. Croix, the island I love was left in disrepair. On September 19th, 2017, Hurricane Maria unleashed a wrath some have never seen.

She moved in as a Category Five, many feared they wouldn’t be left alive. Winds blowing, rain pounding, hearts racing, prayers resounding. From the east to the west, many sent out S.O.S.

From the north to the south, they were all helpless no doubt.

Roofs torn off, windows blown out, no electricity, total blackout. Cellphone signals lost, communication at a standstill, they can almost hear some whisper peace be still.

When it was all over and morning was clear, the destruction could be seen from far and near. Many had a story to tell, of how it was a night of pure hell.

Some say the wind was speaking, while others say they were up mopping. Hunker down was the last command, the governor then placed his people in god’s hand.

Now it’s time for them to move forward, brothers and sisters in one accord. We will rise, V.I. Strong, echoes as they go along, yes, they will rebuild one by one.

A resilient group of people, that’s who the Crucians are. They can’t let their ancestors down, they’ve come too far. Like Hurricane Hugo, Maria, many won’t forget, they won’t allow hurricanes to get the best of them yet.

Living complacent is not an option, now is the time for the citizens to take action. I know my people will rise up united and strong, and restore the beauty to our great island, while preparing for the torch to be passed on to future generations.


Submitted by: Cynthia Fenton on Friday, Oct. 31.


Staff Consortium

Previous Post

Watch Again: Videos Of Hurricane Maria's Impact On St. Croix

Next Post

Arthur Richards To Begin School At John H. Woodson Monday

You might also like

Leave a Reply

More Story

Watch Again: Videos Of Hurricane Maria's Impact On St. Croix

Hurricane Maria brought St. Croix to a complete halt on September 19, 2017. Rewatch our videos of the aftermath.

September 19, 2018