I went for a walk the other day;
I met an old man along the way.
His shoulders bent, his feet uncertain;
You could tell his heart was hurtin.
His face was aged with lines of time;
He could have been a grandpa of mine.
His smile was covered with a frown;
He said to me, "Mey les sit down".
My heart sank as he began to speak;
His voice was soft and very weak.
Words came out, his breath was short;
Tears came thru his eyes from his heart.
"I'm proud to be a Cajun you see;
I'm jus as proud as I can be.
I'm part of this old land you know;
I was born here many years ago.
But now I'm jus an agin Cajun;
And my heart inside is ragin.
I'm so afraid after I'm gone;
Our heritage won't be carried on.
My moma and papa are buried here;
To them this land was very dear.
My grandpa fought the revolution;
Seems to me there's no solution.
Deep inside I'm burnin so;
I want these young Cajuns to know.
All about gumbo and makin a roux;
Bout oyster pie and crawfish stew.
Bout Nonk Thophille and Tante Une;
Bout playin a song with only a spoon.
To look with pride at the cypress knees;
And love the moss in the old oak tree.
To know the fear of the roogaroo;
When nitetime comes down the bayou.
Bout fishin, crabin. shrimpin, too;
Bout havin pride in all you do.
To know what is called iliteracy;
Is mostly heritage you see.
My life is over I'll soon be gone;
You my friend will have to carry on.
You're young but you were brought up right;
You have to try with all your might;
To keep our Cajun heritage livin;
To teach our young ones to be givin.
To love every one right from the heart;
Of this their heritage they are a part.
To put their hand right out and say;
Good mornin ya'll, have a good day.
We Cajuns always was a proud bunch;
We return an insult with a punch.
Anybody that'll do us right;
Becomes our friend overnite".
The old man has since passed away;
I made a promise to him that day.
To spread his word throughout Acadiana;
To keep pride in our Louisiana.
To say whether we be young or agin;
We're swelled with pride to be a Cajun.
By: Ann Beverly