The Tributes Given at His Alma Mater

Posted: November 7, 2010 in Tributes
The Combermerians had a night of tributes to their fallen comrade and the evening to all was incredible. They had a late start largely due to an accident on the stadium road that prevent passage and created gridlocks
 When they finally got started there was tributes that were sent in my mail and read by the MC and tributes in song, poetry, speeches, adlibs, orchestral the whole works. One sure thing was apart from the Hon. David J H Thompson being loved buy many, Combermerians are very talented.

 

The Tributes Given at His Alma Mater

 

They
postponed their function twice before

However they
decided for Friday 5, two hours pass four

Evening
came to sunny day but at twenty-five minutes after five

The rain
pour to threaten it again but plans stayed alive

Ready
earlier than expected he got on his way

In his car
with 15 minutes grace he was “pressing on” to pay

Brotherly
friend from his Alma Mater the final tributes

Unconditional
respect through the musical evening with oratory salutes

The
National Anthem was played with orchestral genius

Everyone
sung the school, then a prayer and Peter welcomed us

Sung a
Hymn then remarks by the principal of the school’s parlance

Got a
duet, the choir then Charlie spoke of his “zero tolerance”

Insightful
and historical and mostly

Venerably
comical, like good old Charlie

Eloquence
followed from David’s much spoke of Rastafari

Narrated
advice to the family and poetry far better than I

A vocal
solo, an extraordinary violin solo then the orchestra again

Tributes
from Janice then from Neville a most hilarious showing

He
imitated Charlie as David would often request

It was
spot on and his tribute gut wrenching, the best

Soon
another Hymn then a Gaye and Stephen duet

A
rendition unmatched by some of the best artistes yet

Lawrence sung after the orchestra played

Mark had a
crisp steel pan solo after Mrs Pile relayed

All the
old time secrets of what might have been the drive

Making
folk run to the ISCF and keeping traditions live

Another
excellent Solo by Paula then  solos by Andreen
and Dionne

The sung
another hymn, prayed and the school song

Exe.
President, MC thanked us, he had read two of my pieces too

Raised the
Anthem and finally I felt closure to the man I knew

 

 

 

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Farewell To The Prime Minister

Posted: November 4, 2010 in Tributes

Farewell to a true friend and great person who brought happiness to many of his friends, family and the people of Barbados. This prime Minister served as Prime Minister only 2 years but he brought more change in the short space of time than others in full terms. The Hon. David J H Thompson has left a great legacy and the people of Barbados say thank you.

 

Farewell To The Prime Minister

 

Father you
gave him and soon you took him away

And there are
questions what these actions say

Reactions are
generally the same tune

Everyone
thinks he is gone to soon

When such
a special person dies

Excessive
will be the peoples’ cries

Lord you
know this man that all came to know

Loved one,
leader, confidant and friend they didn’t want to go

 

This time is
and any other would be, hard to bear

Only you
Father knew the time he’d leave here

 

To this
end we say a fond farewell

He served
the people outstandingly and from what they can tell

Excellent
was the service he gave to you

Putting
his all to help others meant he was helping you too

Righting wrongs
against the downtrodden and giving them a chance

Investing
endless time to make Families First his stance

Made you
Father his guide when uncertainty was ahead

Ecumenical
inauguration and religion widespread

Ministers
trusted him and their constituents too

In his own
St. John he
was loved by many and all he knew

Nationhood
he preached and that the people be as one

International
strains will ease he said if we’d better get along

Shared his
dream of a people who lived with love and unity

There is
so much he left as his legacy

Ever
merciful Father my people wish to give him this final adieu

Rest In
Peace Mr. Prime Minister, Barbados
says Farewell to you

 

 

 

Don’t Panic Bim

Posted: November 4, 2010 in Tributes

The island said farewell today to one of its greatest treasures, the Hon. David J H Thompson, the Prime Minister of Barbados. We did so with a celebration of his life as it was eulogized by two of his very close friends Brian Clarke and Hartley Henry. One of “Thompy’s” pet phrases was Don’t Panic and oh too often we heard it around the time we most needed to.

 

Don’t Panic Bim

 

Dear Lord
you took his body today

Our time
with him is over though the memories will stay

Nothing
can take them away from us

Thanks
Father for giving him to Barbados

 

People may
say his term wasn’t long

And that
he left without righting the wrong

No, not
true, tens of thousands have hope because he

Invested
his time while devoted to friend and family

Cared
enough to set standards others may emulate

 

Built us
into firm craftsmen of our fate

I see all
his work and all we owe to him

Mostly I hear
him whispering
Don’t
Panic Bim

 

 

The Best is that I not only have good memories of my friend but that I can continue to live the dream that he had for us all, to put family first. The worst that can happen is that his legacy fades with time. In life my friend was greater, in death he shall be might

 

Hope For The Best Prepare For The
Worst

 

Hold me to
your bosom my God, I feel to cry

Our dear
leader, confidant and friend, why did he die

Prime
Ministers are not supposed to go like this, are they?

Even
though others died, why did he have to pass away

 

Farewell
dear friend you taught me

One must
never put anything before family

Rest
assure that I don’t but I feel like we are one

 

Today they
buried you and it’s hard to believe you’re gone

Hard to
let go of the memories we share

Every year
we spent together while at Combermere

 

But today
you left to go to God’s promised place

Eternity
of life wearing a smile on your face

Somehow I
know you are better off so I must let go

This Paradise you are off to you deserve it I know

 

People
have been hearing of your many attributes

Realizing
you were as comfortable with royalty as with grassroots

Everyone
has seen the treasure we knew

Pleased to
learn your friendships were all true

And they
tried to compress your life in two eulogies  

Really
personal from Brian and Hartley, professional qualities

Eulogies
are limited to time governed by organizers designs

 

For us to
speak of your life we’ll need more than these lines

Our words
can never summarize the magnitude of your heart

Recall the
essence of the intensions you had from the start

 

Tributes
were all great but they would need be

Having to
describe individual perspectives truthfully

Experiences
we all had with this loyal friend

 

Were immeasurable,
and fully extend

Over
years, age, creed and always too

Race,
political affiliations, whatever he loved you

So long
dear leader, confidant and friend

Today we
say farewell but our memories shall never end

 

 

 

Don’t Want Another Man

Posted: November 3, 2010 in Facebook, In the News

I read a post from one of the facebook friends and she was great. She expressed the worst beating ever. I was very impressed with it and moved to write the following acrostic.

 

Don’t Want Another Man

 

Domestic
violence would take a back seat

On the viciousness
I experienced at his feet

Never were
there blows so fast and furious

There is
no reason why they do this to us

 

We always
stepped aside to dodged their blows

All their
fury and gust and  who knows

Not once
having done a deserving deed

To be so
brutally battered like a herd in stampede

 

And then a
blow that out my lights

No blow
like this even in the worse of fights

One blow
again and the water out

The tears were
flowing but that was the only water about

He cut my
communication, stopped my calls

Even
destroyed the buildings, their roofs and walls

Ruins
though not as bad as from Katrina, Ivan, David and Gilbert

 

More
brutal siblings that wreaked havoc and cause greater hurt

And so I hope
Tomas was last of Mother Nature’s plan

No more
for me Barbados,
I Don’t
Want Another Man

 

 

 

 


The Roads To Follow

Posted: November 2, 2010 in Best Wishes
In life there will many roads some divided into lanes. Although you can travel in the same direction you may end up at different destinations. We must learn when to cross lanes when to change the method of what we are doing to remain in the true destination. Raising kids will require your all and they cannot be expected to respond to the same treatment and theories. God has your road map and once you use his guidance all days are blessed.

In life
there will many roads some divided into lanes. Although you can travel in the
same direction you may end up at different destinations. We must learn when to
cross lanes when to change the method of what we are doing to remain in the
true destination. Raising kids will require your all and they cannot be
expected to respond to the same treatment and theories. God has your road map
and once you use his guidance all days are blessed.

 

The Roads To Follow

 

There are
many roads and many turns on each

Heard of
the dangerous paths, and the lanes we breach

Each path
has areas thriving, and areas dying too

 

Roads
people will navigate even if things go blue

One day
you see a painful road, a hard one to take

And then
ambulate lanes carefully, avoiding a mistake

Don’t give
in to the fear, strain, stress and doubt

Survey
alternatives and leave the doubtful lanes out

 

Take the
earlier problems, turning all into your guide

Our Father
above is there, in Him everyone may confide

 

Four kids
each are paths with ways that are unique

Original
ideas, queer and of times behavior meek

Life will
offer various meanderings, your life is there

Let them
learn their way but never from their sides veer

Open your
hearts to your eager young and show the way

When you
amble these ways every day is a blessed day

 

 

 

Same poem
different acrostic highlighted

 

 

 

 

The Roads To Follow

Happy Anniversary

 

THere are many roads and many turns on each

Heard of the dangerous paths, and the lanes we breach 

Each path has areas thriving, and areas dying too

Roads people will navigate even if things go blue

One day you see a painful road, a hard one to take

And then ambulate lanes carefully, avoiding a mistake

Don’t give in to the fear, strain, stress and doubt

Survey alternatives and leave the doubtful lanes out

Take the earlier problems, turning all into your guide

Our Father
abo
ve is there, in Him everyone may
confide

Four kids
each ar
e paths with ways that are unique

Original
ideas, quee
r and of times behavior meek

Life will
offer variou
s meanderings, your life is there

Let them
learn their w
ay but never from their sides veer

Open your
hearts to you
r eager young and show the way

When you
amble these wa
ys every day is a blessed day

 

The Anniversary Card

 

 

Same poem another acrostic highlighted

 

 

The Roads To Follow

And God’s Blessings

 

There are
many roads and many turns on e
Ach

Heard of the
dangerous paths, and the la
nes we breach 

Each path has
areas thriving, and areas
dying too

Roads people
will navigate even if things
Go blue

One day you
see a painful road, a hard
one to take

And then
ambulate lanes carefully, avoi
ding a
mistake

Don’t give in
to the fear, strain, stres
s and doubt

Survey
alternatives and leave the dou
Btful
lanes out

Take the
earlier problems, turning a
ll into your guide

Our Father
above is there, in Him
everyone may confide

Four kids
each are paths with way
s that are unique

Original
ideas, queer and of time
s behavior meek

Life will
offer various meander
ings, your life is there

Let them
learn their way but
never from their sides veer

Open your
hearts to your ea
ger young and show the way

When you
amble these way
s every day is a blessed day

 

 

 

 

 

 

The union
came together – note I was there when they did
and thus the common sharing og “I” in their names

 

 

Same poem
yet another Acrostic Highlighted

 

 

 

 

The Roads To Follow

Adrian Mavine

 

There are mAny roads and Many turns on each

Heard of the dangerous paths, and the lanes we breach 

Each path has
a
reas thriving,
and areas dying too

Roads people
will nav
igate even if things go blue

One day you
see a p
ainful road,
a hard one to take

And then
ambulate la
nes carefully, avoiding a mistake

Don’t give in
to the fear, strain, stress and doubt

Survey
alternatives and leave the doubtful lanes out

Take the
earlier problems, turning all into your guide

Our Father
above is there, in Him everyone may confide

Four kids
each are paths with ways that are unique

Original
ideas, queer and of times behavior meek

Life will
offer various meanderings, your life is there

Let them
learn their way but never from their sides veer

Open your
hearts to your eager young and show the way

When you
amble these ways every day is a blessed day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherie – four unique kids

Nash – creative with behavioral
changes

Adri – many directions in
life and finally settled by MS, note the word meanderings contain Adri and
starts with M and finishes with S

Lana – the most educated of
the kids

 

 

Same poem
new acrostic highlighted

 

 

The Roads To Follow

Cherie, Nash, Adri, Lana

 

There are
many roads and many turns on each

Heard of the
dangerous paths, and the lanes we breach

Each path has
areas thriving, and areas dying too

Roads people
will navigate even if things go blue

One day you
see a painful road, a hard one to take

And then
ambulate lanes carefully, avoiding a mistake

Don’t give in
to the fear, strain, stress and doubt

Survey
alternatives and leave the doubtful lanes out

Take the
earlier problems, turning all into your guide

Our Father
above is there, in Him everyone may confide

Four kids eaCh are paths with ways that are unique

OrigiNal ideas, queer and of
time
s behavior
meek

Life will
offer various me
Anderings, your life is there

Let them Learn their way but never from their sides veer

Open your
hearts to your eager young and show the way

When you
amble these ways every day is a blessed day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is
the poem showing all of its acrostics , deliberately to demonstrated the
ramifications of life

 

 

 

 

 

The Roads To Follow

Happy Anniversary And God’s Blessings

Adrian Mavine

Cherie Nash Adri Lana

 

THere are mAny roads and Many turns on eAch

Heard of the dangerous paths, and the lanes we
breach 

Each path has areas thriving,
and areas
dying too

Roads people will navigate even if things Go blue

One day you see a painful road, a
hard
one to take

And then Ambulate lanes carefully, avoiding a mistake

Don’t give
i
n to the fear, strain, stress and doubt

Survey
alter
natives and leave the douBtful lanes out

Take the
earl
ier problems, turning all into your guide

Our Father
abo
ve is there, in Him everyone may confide

Four kids
ea
Ch are paths
with way
s that are
un
ique

OrigiNal ideas, queer and of times behavior meek

Life will
offer variou
s meAnderings, your life is there

Let them Learn their way but never from their side veer

Open your
hearts to you
r eager young and
show the way

When you
amble these wa
ys every day is a blessed day

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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