Archive for October, 2010

Bajans Didn’t Like To Mas

Posted: October 31, 2010 in In the News

We all have our own experiences of this storm Tomas which tore through the island of Barbados early Saturday morning Oct 30 at approximately 2:00 am, exactly 7 days after the lost of our Prime Minister. There may be no significance to this but these two marks on history’s page will forever be tragedies upon the people of Barbados

 

Bajans Didn’t Like To Mas

 

By Friday
evening we were told

A storm
was approaching put yah plans on hold

Just after
work the signs were there

A dark
stillness enveloped the air

No birds
in the evening sky

Settled in
early and so did I

 

Didn’t
hear much until the flap of a blind

I got up
at 3 am and then to find

Darkness
and howling winds all around

Never saw
so much debris on the ground

There were
branches and galvanized sheets

 

Large
trash cans rolling down the streets

I saw in a
distance a torn roof

Kept
watching from my window for this damning proof

Easterly
is generally safe but not immune

 

Tomas
howled at 75mph with his destructive tune

Our homes
destroyed, trees fallen and roads blocked

 

Many
utilities off and a nation shocked

All so
soon after our leader was snatched away

Storm Tomas
one week afterwards woke me to another sorrowful day

 

 

 

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The Delight of MS

Posted: October 31, 2010 in Best Wishes
Disease can overcome our bodies but doesn’t have to touch our spirit. After my illness I wrote many poems and reconnected with many friends. The things I wanted to express for a lifetime I’m only now getting the time. For many reasons I am grateful for these last, almost 6 years. 
Today I will celebrate another year to wish my friend happiness and send blessings on this special day. 

 

The Delight of MS

 

These many
things we grow to know

Have
friends we’ll meet and places we’ll go

Every
circumstance a blessing from above

 

Do things
honestly and do things with love

Earnestly
we’ll pray for things we need

Like health,
love and in life succeed

It’s a
better lesson we will come to learn

God’s will
isn’t everything that we’ll yearn

How
gracious to see the positive though they hide

To hear
another’s murmurs when they confide

 

Or to be
there to cling to them when they need you

For
support during testing times, in sorrow and pain too

 

My good friend,
I am thankful for your support all the way

So here is a prayer of thanks and blessings on your Birthday

 

 

 

I Was Up From Early Today

Posted: October 30, 2010 in Tenderly

I went to bed unusually early for this week and was up early, very early. The cold night was calling me and I turned and never got back to sleep. I just stayed there and observe as the emotions grew unbearable when I got up

  

I Was Up From Early Today

 

It was
getting long

 

Well-built
and strong

All ready
to hit

Such
energy to emit

 

Untiring
before

Pushed and
pushed more

 

Ferocious
indeed

Relentless
greed

Once was
not enough

More
tossing, more rough

 

Eager to
strike

And with a
force like

Rumblings
from a quake

Like winds
tornadoes make

You can not
express

 

The fury, the
mess

Only in
awe that it could

During all
this feel so good

And he
came rested only to come again then moved away

You see I
experienced Tomas
, I Was
Up From Early Today

 

 

 

 


They Couldn’t Contain The Tears

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Tributes

I just got back from the viewing the body of my Prime Minister and long time friend and I am not sure that this I had closure. I saw too many people there that were concerned about me, it distracted me from what I went to do and their sorrow started me thinking of times gone by and faces I once knew and I was lost it the passage of time.

 

They Couldn’t Contain The Tears

 

The somber mood was set the skies were gray

Had a stillness that enveloped this sorrowful day

Eyes hazed and features distorted with grief

You could sense the denial, the disbelief

 

Combermerians young and Combermerians old

On this day lived their saddest told

Unsure how and didn’t care why

Life should not be denied so soon from such a needed guy

Darker grew the day and redder the eyes

Nothing is as hard as when such a loved soul dies

The soldiers were braced with their heads bowed

 

Couldn’t pay any attention to the mourning crowd

Once I got there I looked but couldn’t see

Not with my friend so far away from me

They didn’t consider those with fading sight

And I stared for a while just hoping I might

In a moment revert to my youthfulness

Notice his face and his final dress

 

The moment never came but all the same

He was there I know it though he couldn‘t answer his name

Eyes close and then I said a prayer

 

Take my friend to Paradise Lord and soon I’ll be there

Everything and everyone sparked a memory

A day of happiness and laughter held deep inside of me

Released from where I kept it all of these years

Suddenly the clouds burst They Couldn’t Contain The Tears

 

 

 

 

 

Time To Say Goodbye

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Tributes

Today I will brave my emotions and the horror of clothing to spend just one last chance with my friend’s body. I know that it is only a shell and that his soul has long left but like a picture of memories, his body will bring the nostalgia of many years together and closure that he no longer is. Today I will see him for the last as he lies resting. Farewell my Prime Minister, the Honorable David John Howard Thompson.  

 

Time To Say Goodbye

 

The body of my friend will be at Combermere

I will go to view him while he lays there

Many others too will come to say their final goodbyes

Every old scholar in shades to cover red, swollen eyes

 

Take his soul Lord and leave these frail remains

Our sorrow has left a trail of teardrop stains

 

Showing the path to where his body will reside

A sanctuary we will hold sacred for all far and wide

Your faithful servant while he was here

 

Gave his all to all and quelled your people’s fear

Our lives are the better to have known this great

Our tears fall profusely but his life we celebrate

Dear Lord our leader, love one, confidant and friend

Bravely battled his enemy right to the very end

You were there Lord with him, you knew he needed to try

Embrace his soul for eternity as we take Time To Say Good-bye

 

Please see this Card

 

 


The One The Leader Our Friend

Posted: October 28, 2010 in Facebook, Tributes

Thanks to Kim from facebook I was moved to write again about our Prime Minister, The One, The leader, Our friend. I will be first to apologize if my writing becomes repetitious but I am feeling the same remorse and the tears do not change nor does he. My words flow like tear drops and wet the page to form the acrostic poems.

 

The One The Leader Our Friend

 

The
country mourns I feel its pain

Honorable
David Thompson shall never smile again

Every one
in my home is sorrowful and cries

 

Openly, we
never had chance to say our good-byes

Never took
the time to remind him that we feel

Especially
bless because he was at the wheel

 

This ship
was sinking but he was plugging the holes

He mended so
much in two years when he assumed his roles

Enjoyed
serving the people and always he

 

Laughed
away the trivial and focused on duty

Encourage
those around him to do the same

Always he
lead to help and not for glory and fame

Didn’t
stray from his promises but may practically delay

Execution
until he thought we had reached a more suitable day

Remembering
our Prime Minister I close my eyes and see

 

One
special leader with astute ability

Unique
design and unmatched protocol

Remembering
our Prime Minister I admire his recall

 

Friend to
all and would turn away none

Rose to
each challenge and worked until it was done

I was privileged
to call the Prime Minister my buddy

Ever since
our Alma Mater and we continued faithfully

Nothing in
life separated him from loyalty and although life may end  

Death
shall not separate us from The One, The Leader, Our Friend.

 

 

 

Say Mongooses Please

Posted: October 27, 2010 in Radio Talk Shows

The call in program had an unusual twist. It seems the professor that host the program read an email and scuffed the word “mongooses” determining it to be wrong. Today the hosts took him to task and some callers too. I earned from early school days that this was the correct plural for Mongoose.

 

Say Mongooses Please

 

Stetson
was right the etymology

Assures us
it’s neither man nor goose in genecology

You can’t
conjugate like a comedienne

 

Mon in
mongoose can’t turn to men

One can
see the mongoose has no man

None
should twist this word for resonance plan

Goose may
turn the geese in birds that fly

One cannot
say mongeese and this is why

Our cat
like creature that scampers around

Spends all
it’s time firmly on the ground

Even
though it zooms quickly and may

Sometimes
disappear like it had flown away

 

People
must stick to the correct conjugation

Language
has it own accepted permutation

Exceptions
of plurality do exist  

And so
deer is deer and sheep, sheep we insist

Stetson was
right and Marshall, well, cuh dear!

Everyone who
listened yesterday found it hard to hear

 

 

 

 

The Healing Has Begun

Posted: October 25, 2010 in Facebook, Tributes

Thanks to a facebook friend we got to learn  what the service was like as the celebrated the life of our Prime Minister. The turn out was great but hat is most remarkable is that the well wishers are not daunted by the out come of their prayers but see that God is in charge.

 

The Healing Has Begun

 

Thousands
perhaps came to the Hard Courts at Gall Hill

Had
planned to be well wishers, the PM was ill

Except the
radio played solemn music, the nation cried

 

Had
declared a few days earlier the PM had died

Ecumenical
gathering to celebrate his life

All his
colleagues present, his family, children and wife

Life
although snatched away while still young

In a short
time he was great, so we celebrated as we sung

Numerous
hymns like “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”

Got
encouragement to walk the straight and narrow

 

How great
to hear “It Is Well With My Soul”

A hymn of
great solace to give God His control

Sung
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” and “How great Thou Art”

 

Bellowed
“How Great Is Our God” from the very start

Everyone
was comforted as Sen. Rev. David Durant confirmed

God Is In
Charged and the PM’s salvation was reaffirmed

Under a solemn
occasion but angels seemed to be everywhere

Now I know
Joy was correct when she said “Real love will be there.”

 

 

 




Myopinions may appear bias but they are shared by thousands, the Hon. David J HThompson was a great Prime Minister, Leader, Confidant and friend. His astute knowledgeand fervent wit made him loved by most. Our PM was a very caring man whoremembered the strangest details about his pass encounters and was able to usethis fantastic memory to answer the needs of many, in his time and unprompted.Politics and righteousness make strange bed fellows but if ever there was anexception our PM was it.

 

Tribute To The Honorable David Thompson

 

Tears fell profusely from our eyes and the clouds cried too

Reacting to the news of his final adieu

In the wee hours of the morning death came

By his side was his mom and wife and his kids the same

Ultimately our lives are in God’s hands

To go to Him when He quietly commands

Eternity of peace awaits those who

 

Trust in the Lord and will righteously too

Obey His word, enduring to the end

 

This was our Prime Minister, our confidant and friend

He aspired for greatness from when he was a child

Enthusiasm, integrity, knowledge and many qualities compiled

 

Had shaped his character and made an incredible man

Only those who cared to listen understood his plan

No other leader here advocated family first

Or focused on preventing youths headed from bad to worst

Regally he walked through the corridors of time

And made no excuse of focusing on Violence and Crime

Barbados is a great nation and its preservation would be

Lasting if we center our attention first on family

Every home a scholar, sure, but first make each house a home

 

Don’t want a Barbados of houses where emotions roam

Assault and battery, doubts and screams

Violence so rampant and so many lost dreams

Incredible to know a leader so young and wise

Did all to help our nation even when faced with his demise

 

Tears are falling again as I write

How hard to accept he has lost this fight

Only because I knew him always to win

Most challenges he was faced with, every battle he was in

Prime Minister and leader, confidant and friend

Smiled as he walked into the light, as he knew life will end

Our Father, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, How Great Thou Art

Now to Paradise you’ve taken our leader, when you stilled his heart

 

A Sympathy Card

 

 

 

 


Tribute To Our Friend Thompy

Posted: October 25, 2010 in Tributes

The OldScholars of Combermere School celebrate a week of activities usually aroundthis time. This year the death of our Prime Minister the Hon. David J HThompson has thrown us into a more sorrowful mood and as a show of respect theactivities have been generally given way to more sobering and solemn events. Iwill like to join all of the Combermerians and express my deepest sympathy tothe Family and Friends, to all Barbadosand all those affected by the passing of our beloved “Thompy” 

 

Tribute To Our Friend Thompy

 

Thompy, he was affectionately called by all

Remembered every meeting and would lucidly recall

Incidents we had forgotten, so vividly

Brought them back to our recollect often passionately

Used to be very humorous and always started the fun

There were side splitting jokes when ever he begun

Early times that I do recall while at school

 

Thompy arrived first on mornings as his personal rule

Opened the gate with the keys from the head

 

Once done he returned the keys and off he sped

Upstairs, the balcony, any where until

Ringing of the school bell started the morning drill

 

Floors and corridors busy as we rushed to prayers

Ringing bell again and Thompy officiated both up and downstairs

I didn’t see him playing games but he cheered every match

Every set of new students he greeted, every batch

Never joined the cadets or joined the scouts

Didn’t matter because Thompy was there at their camp outs

 

The Thompy we knew was full of fun

He was calm and collected, didn’t tan in the sun

Opened his heart to let all people in

Made us feel like we belong and that we were all akin

Politics may have adopted him but he made politicians agree

Youth are vital, Family First and we must live with Love, Peace and Unity

 

A Sympathy Card