Something I wrote at about 19 years old for a tourism competition that I did not meet the deadline. Kept it around as I like the narrative of what I think my country is.
Visit Belize I Say Eldred Neal
'Tween Evergreen Pine and colorful Flamboyant flower
Lies Belize our country, Mother Natures’ best-kept secret
With the densest and most continuous, the worlds second largest barrier reef
That plays Savior to Our nation – miss this vacation … What a grief!
Travel inland, Pine-ridge Mountains, so dry, so wet,
An abundance of wildlife that’s not been undressed yet
Our creeping rivers, you Rio Hondo, you Sarstoon
Quench this land of its’ thirst, from the sun so red hot at noon
And by night stars so white, blaze a spectacle of the moon
Now could you see, thru my sight- even a blind-man might
Picture water… sheets so tall, see Clarisa Falls
Vision feats of Ruins – like bits of mountains
Carved then cut, craftily chiseled away
Housing structures of plazas, ball courts and Mayan Temples to pray
Travel east; see the Cayes, relaxation, swim, spree!
Boat out to see the sights or you view them by flight.
West Mountains, intricate system of trails,
Adventurous sights do take a hike! –
Try Horse back riding or by mountain bike
South is great see Five Blues Lake as our chattered trips offers you a most handsome rate
North is sweet; you’ll get a treat – “Sugar” cane
The Lamani river tour though, will make this trip complete
Our people are so kind, richly blessed, proud so friendly
Belizeans we are so unique, with much cultural diversity
Creole, East Indian, Mayans, Mestizos, Garinagu
Hospitality is our first name; warm and loving we are too
Tell me now, if this Country you would betray
That can bring you much prosperity
It will receive you with no delay
And so my friend with the traveling plan, all you have is today
Make Belize your destination – Do visit us I say!!!