1. Fairy Tale

    Openly he says: Sir, when I grow up
    I want to be fine man, someone like you.
    Secretly he says: You old fool, I’ll join
    a gang like Apple-jackers or Navarones
    and if we catch you in the street
    we will break all your bones.
    You say you teach me about life
    but you don’t know that life is strife
    between mother and father.

    Life is nothing to eat when morning comes;
    life is no money to buy books and uniforms;
    No this, no that, no taking part
    in so many things you say make life.
    Life is a drunk father on payday,
    and mother with her feller on Saturday.
    Life is sickness and no cash for doctor.
    What you teach as life is just a fairy tale


    - Anson Gonzalez

     

  2. generations dreaming I

    generations dreaming I.

    Journeywoman. Journeyman.
    You were a generation dreaming;
    journeywoman, journeyman,
    stepping off the plane
    to an unknown future
    from a certain past that
    became more and more like
    the promise that escaped you.
    You were a generation
    dreaming to change the pattern,
    undo the seams, re-style
    the suits you wore
    as you stepped off the boat,
    Windrush-style.

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  3. Interesting interview on the origins of Carnival

     
     
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  5. Cold Lemonade



    I hope your travels have made you
    long for home. Before the chill of winter
    dries your bones into a too fragile
    but comfortable exile, remember the vines
    covering the verandah rails, the sunshine
    peeping through, and the sea breeze carrying
    a mid-day drizzle. Before you lose your way
    to another love, remember the shade
    on your favourite Sunday seat where
    you imagined grown-up life
    and after your weekly bicycle ride
    you sipped a glass of Mama’s
    ice-cold lemonade. Mama is on
    the verandah now, looking out,
    counting the spinning wheels.
    She calls “Time,” in anticipation.

    - Monica Minott