Archive for August, 2009

Get It Off Of Me!

Posted: August 31, 2009 in Tenderly

Today I went back to the beach and had a strange time in the water. I usually wear beach shoes into the water and my vest shirt, not only to cover up but to warrant off any dangers in the sea. It is not always successful. Sea urchins can penetrate the soft soles and thing always seem to find their way under your clothes

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Get It Off Of Me

 

Got to the beach, the first time in three years

Exhausted by the walk and the car’s shifting gears

Then finally into the water and patiently

I step deeper into the water but very slowly

Took about twenty minutes to reach my chest

Once there I dove under to wet the rest

For a moment I thought my shirt tag was sticking me

Felt it lower in my back and removed my shirt franticly

On my back was a bee size creature that mom got away

Fell to the water and swam to mom at her dismay

Mom flicked it to dad, he got bitten twice by this bug
in the sea

Eff he didn’t know what it was why didn’t he shout Get
if off of me!

 

 

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The Artocarpus altilis

Posted: August 31, 2009 in In the News

This Great Silent Doctor, the Artocarpus altilis or breadfruit is one of the most impressive foods. I used to think that they weren’t very versatile and perhaps only really enjoyed them when pickled. I started getting them made into chips and can never get enough of them. They never lose their crisp and never need salt or dips. I found that they even generated internal body heat that kept me warm in the chill of the stadiums. 

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The Artocarpus altilis

 

They say the tree can reach over 60ft high

Have from 50-200 breadfruits as a seasonal supply

Extensive uses for this great plant but few of these

Are exploited to the max by our island colonies

Recently I wondered why can’t we

Take the plant to our neighbors in Haiti

Our brothers there are malnourished

Couldn’t the breadfruit help their impoverish

A long time ago I learnt that we might

Reap more of God’s foods to end our plight

Plant more productive trees and have less concrete

Use vital space for greens and things we can eat

Silent Doctors like the Breadfruit tree

Are filled with more uses than ever known to me

Like using the bark, the leaves and the flowers

Taking breadfruit for its medicinal powers

I love breadfruit made into chips

Love them without any salt or fattening dips

I get breadfruits brought on Saturdays to my door

So I get mashed cou cou and eat breadfruit chips galore

 

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See also Breadfruit

 

 

The Lord Gave Us Him

Posted: August 29, 2009 in Best Wishes

It is Michael Jackson’s Birthday today . Why do people think it wrong for me to still celebrate this day. It was 51 years ago today that he was given to us and from a very young boy he had been entertaining the world. There is much talk that he didn’t have a childhood because of this , in fact one of his song addressed it and he, through his lifestyle demonstrated it but the package we got is the result of all his experiences. Maybe if he was like other children growing up then he would have been like so many other entertainers. Mediocre and loving the bling bling and fame more.

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The Lord Gave Us Him

 

Today we celebrate although Michael is gone

He came into this world and was untimely withdrawn

Entertained us with his skills while he was here

Left lots of new techniques for us to share

On the stage he performed with astounding finesse

Renaissance pop music to make it the best

Dance with new styles, inventing his own

Got other Moon walking the way he had shown

And still there is a technique left to copy

Very few of us pay attention to his love of charity

Evolving himself into a humanitarian

Using money and time to Heal The Nation

Some wonder why, if he is gone, would we celebrate

His work was everlasting and on this special date

In this world he came but not by some accident on whim

Michael Jackson came 51 years ago because The Lord
Gave Us Him

 

 

Today was the Funeral for Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy.  I listened to the service and was particularly interested in what his family and President Barack Obama had to say. I thought that Ted Kennedy Jr. , his son who had contracted bone cancer and had a leg removed when he was 12 years old. He was particular good with his delivery. If ever there is a politician following his dad and uncles, it is clear to me that he is the one, perhaps even a President. The following was inspired by the funeral for Ted Kennedy

 

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Into Your Hands We
Commend Our Brother

 

It got dark out, from the gray in the sky

No sunlight and the clouds started to cry

The umbrellas came out from both strong and weak

Opened and raised as tears from the skies caught my
cheek

You felt restricted as it rained

Our uniformed men brought the coffin as trained

Unison steps one after the other

Rehearsed to move this, the youngest Kennedy brother

He was in and the service got on the way

And the Priest said “My dear friends” and started to
pray

Now a silence, then the organ music, then they sung

Devoted family rolled in the coffin and more tears begun

So many folk and not an eye dry

Weeping, it was okay to cry

Embraces and a comforting smile

Came from friends across the aisle

Only I wanted them to hold me more tightly

My sorrow escalated then suddenly

Music stopped and it wasn’t as solemn then

Extract from the bible, “who can be against” God’s men

Now it’s time to gather our memories

Do this and share the lost with your buddies

Old anecdotes of the “Luck of the Irish”

Universal health care and how he helped the impoverish

Ready always to help every one in need

Bills he wrote and others he cause to succeed

Recalling those saying “You wouldn’t believe who called
me today”

Or the times he just called to say Happy Birthday

The families he consoled after the 9/11 tragedy

His repeated calls to them to offer more than empathy

Edward experienced a breaking point more than any other

Resisted it all, now Lord, Into Your Hands We
Commend Our Brother

 

 

 

They came in their numbers as the Senator Ted Kennedy’s body laid in repose. They were all kinds of people and all kinds of ages. Victoria Kennedy in her always collect and charming self greeted many of the dignitaries that arrived. If Ted was able to see this all, I wonder what he would say.

 

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As I Stayed There
Motionless

 

A large crowd waited to come in

So many waiting for their chance when

In that room, quietly, they can their emotions expose

So many different ways, as I laid there in repose

They waved red caps in camaraderie

A sign we once shared the same sporting affinity

Younger generations passed and gently nod thank you

Every one seemingly knowing what we fought so hard to do

Dads brought kids and I heard them say

Ted was one that made the American Dream okay 

Hands came up to foreheads in awkward salutes

Even had old men wearing some undersized suits

Respect came from all walks of life

Eager young couples, an old man with his wife

Many walked slowly into the library, in strong physique

Others came with walkers and wheel chairs and others,
weak

There were many who made a cross on their chest

I saw others kissed a crucifix and many of the rest

Over my coffin said a humbling prayer

Numbed me more, still I couldn’t shed a tear

Lion, they said, we know what we must do

Enact those bills you fought for years and with passion
too

Set in Law policies like Universal Health Care

So I said Lord, I’ve seen their souls, now I can await
them here

 

 

Mountains To Melt

Posted: August 27, 2009 in Barack Obama, In the News, Kennedy

The following was inspired by a post I read from the Huffington Post. I’m happy when people are given the chance to speak freely but all of a sudden, I do not like free speech. Too many people are saying things that they don’t truly believe. I think when the forefathers tried to encourage this freedom, they were thinking of truthful men.

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Mountains Of Ice To Melt

 

Millions in the banks sitting and “the least among us”

On streets or in decrepit homes and politicians fail to
discuss

Universal health care which might ensure many of these

Never suffer with treatable ailments or succumb to
disease

The Lion in the Senate worked hard that we may

Alleviate poverty from this country one day

Initiated Acts to give all people equal Rights

Nightmares turned into American Dreams was one of his
fights

Senator Ted Kennedy spent the best of 47 years

Organizing to give voice to the voiceless and quell
their tears

For decades he wrote and had passed over 300 bills

Interacted with both sides of the aisle and shared his
skills

Called us to tap into our Angels within

Eradicate the selfishness and hush sin

There are still mountains of ice to melt, people to
awake  

Our society has too much cold-heartedness or façades fake
 

Many praise the Lion now that he is gone

Even all his work but will they let it live on

Last on his agenda was the Universal Health Care

The least among us are suffering, lets hope they have a
prayer

 

 

 

The following Acrostic Poem, though fictional, is base on the lost of a close friend and having the chance to say Thank You. Too often we lose love ones and do not have the opportunity to have those last words with then. Senator Ted Kennedy held on to life long enough to give us all the opportunity to say good-bye, unlike his other brothers whose deaths came so tragically. President Barack Obama said we were given this amazing man, who because of his accomplishments, can easily be considered the most critical person to our progress in immigration, civil rights, education, health and so much more. His most recent pursuit was for Universal Health care and for this he passed the proverbial torch

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The Time To Say Thank You

 

The dream shall never die

He clench my hand, I started to cry

Edward said I’m passing the torch to you

Then he smiled and I knew

It was soon going to be that time

My friend was saying good-bye, but I’m

Emotional with tears and could hardly say

The one thing that mattered most today

Over and over I rehearsed what I would do

Such words I would say, with appreciation too

And though we all knew this time would come

Yet, it’s here and my lips are dumb

The hours of preparation make no sense to me

Hours wasted rehearsing what should come naturally

And then in a prayer I asked for the Lord’s hand

Not just for guidance but that I’ll on His command

Keep my friend’s request and that the torch never goes
out

You are ready, the Lord said, there mustn’t be a doubt

Occasions have come before with no time to say adieu

Use this time to say farewell friend and a special thank
you

 

 

Voices From Beyond

Posted: August 26, 2009 in Barack Obama, In the News, Tributes

The Brothers may have lived similar lives by paths in politics. There is however one big difference that became very apparent during the last 2 years of Ted’s life. Last night, as some people reported, I hope creditably, Ted was saying he was ready to go home to heaven. I believe that this is true from his humanitarian efforts he brought to the house.

 

Voices From Beyond

 

Violent winds blew but a whisper I could hear

Overhead the skies turned gray and down my cheek rolled a tear

I heard in the wind that Joe had died

Couldn’t bailout from his plane and it exploded with him inside

Elections were but 18 months away

So off Jack went to Texas that day

Fatal shot was fired, straight to the brain

Resuscitation was futile, a voice said his heart will never beat again  

One after the other the brothers were gone

Muslim extremist would choose the next one

Bobby while Campaigning veered through the hotel kitchen instead

Evaded the crowd but caught a bullet in the head

You could hear the whispers in each case telling me

Outwit the conspirators and listen to the Almighty  

No weapon forge by man can strike you down

Do good by Him and He will make eternity your crown

 

We can’t possibly outline the numerous, 300 or more, bills that Senator Edward Moors “Ted” Kennedy wrote and made into law. Most people may not fully appreciate the difficulty in getting legislation passed. Well, if you can’t, think about the trouble the Obama’s Government seems to be having with the Heath care Bill now

 

The Lion Of The Senate

 

This death, although we tried to prepare

Has grabbed tightly, people everywhere

Every political figure and every constituent

Lost this iconic figure and his needed involvement

I watched closely and read how he

Organized bipartisanship and caused both sides to agree 

No other senator served in this way

Only he made crossing sides seem okay

Forty seven year he worked hard to enact legislation

The Cancer, Disabilities, Civil Rights Acts. Nationality and Immigration

Health Insurance, Children’s Health program, Mental Health Parity

Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, most recently

Senator Kennedy worked with President Bush, the two parties combined

Enacted in 2002 an educational Act, No Children Left Behind

Numerous other bills, over 300, in his political odyssey

Are now part of the Lion’s great legacy

Ted passed the torch to Barack before he passed away

Expecting Americans will enjoy Universal Health Care soon, one day

 

The Kennedy family has been riddled with tragedies. The history books are crowded with the many tragic incidences that described this family. Yet with all this, their contribution has been enormous. They never stopped trying to help, to change. Only one of the brothers lived to have grey hair, yet these boys will always be remembered for their grandeur. Ted Kennedy died Aug 25 before midnight. On his dying bed he was living one of his passions. He was trying to get changes in legislation passed that would see his prompt replacement. My deepest sympathy goes out to all the Kennedy Family and friends

 

Senator Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy

 

Shook their hands and reached across the aisle

Edward “Ted” Kennedy was versatile

November 7 in 1962

Assigned to the Senate and from there this icon grew

Tragedy came to his brothers very early

Oswald shot and killed JFK then Sirhan shot and killed Bobby

Remorse clouded Ted’s good judgment they say, over these 5 years

Emotions overcame Ted and little could dry his tears

Driving from a party in ‘69 his car broke a bridge

When it overturned in the water, he escaped and fled to a ridge

Abandoning the accident where his passenger had drown

Reported his guilt of fleeing and accepted the mandate of the crown

Darkness plagued Ted and he needed great light

Mounded himself into work and there shone bright

Over the next four decades his records would show

One man who became an icon that both sides will know

Reached out first as a friend to all in the House

Encouraged all other Senators to dispel political grous
e

Then get to the root of the problems before they decide

Even chose to stand in the way before them, if tempers will collide

Decades of work, he wrote over 300 bills

Kept busy, they called him “The Lion Of The Senate,” for his skills

Enormous contributions he made to affect all Americans’ lives

No other Senator has done more, I hope his legacy survives

Not through his name alone but the differences he laid

Equality, Civil Rights, universal health care and immigration aid

Dogs were his passion, sailing, fishing and saying “You tried!”

Yesterday, before midnight, Senator Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy, died