Poetry Corner [Apr. Day 30]

April Poetry Challenge, by the 2 Cents Movement on Facebook an activist group that focuses on youth development centered around the arts. It allowed me to channel my creativity into something that I absolutely love to do and that’s write poetry. Day 30 was dedicated towards writing a poem that you have always been afraid of writing. In this case I was always afraid of publishing this one, as I wrote it originally in 2011 and it was dedicated to someone who I deeply had an affection for but could not be with. It was because of this, that I wrote a few poetry pieces dedicated to that person being able to express the feelings that I could not have those days past. Its called Asthma.

Day 30

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How do you run when you’ve got Asthma
The question to which I can’t find the answer
To some on the outside they’d think it’s not as serious as Cancer
But it is….

You see asthma, has the strength of Aries
Cuz there’s no way you can move when you cease to breathe
This chronic lung disease if not given the proper attention
Leaves the unsuspecting man too ill – prepared to counteract

As a matter of fact lemme break it down for you

The physical embodiment of a heart stopper stands no more than 5 ‘ 5 with short hair and killer brown eyes. Joy as a result is ever-present and lights up a room like effervescence, conversations sweetened like juice with vanilla essence maintaining a heavenesque presence leaving your heart singing like Evenesence – Bring me to life

Like a dog chasing its tail you won’t know what to do if you catch it
so I’ll put down my inhaler and chase you in my dreams

Protecting Home

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Photos courtesy Ishmael Sandy

Parents were forced to hug their young ones tighter over this weekend after hearing news of the tragic death of Keyana Cumberbatch

. A 6 year old girl, so full of life, love…..innocence, was removed from this world, by a male known to her family in a most disgusting fashion. A nation is hurt. But this is not the first instance where a child was killed by the hands of her care-giver. Amy Annamunthodo aged 4 a few years past was tortured and abused by her stepfather. Likewise,  Kareema Roberts just two and a half years old died as a result of blunt forced trauma at the hands of her stepfather. In light of Keyana’s death, her father pleaded with, not only the local authorities but the nation as well, to look for tell tale signs if discomfort in your child, take better care as well as a closer look into their lives. The police service as a result issued a press release stating the urgency they are placing on missing persons reports. Police officers are expected to act on a missing persons report immediately, or face disciplinary action…. Removing the 24hr window that was necessary, before placing any such report. Additionally the police service has highlighted issues of abuse as reports of such actions mostly go unreported. Section 10 of the sexual offenses act 11:28 1 and 2 a & b as well as highlighting Section 9 of the sexual offenses act 11:28 dealing with incest. Response from the public however are still in the negative with comments like: Person 1 “so what yuh telling me is half the police officers don’t know the law then?” Person 2 “Don’t talk just act” Person 3 “No more talk enough is enough get the job done” . This coming on the heels of an outburst by former minister of Gender and Youth and Child Development, Mrs. Verna St. Rose-Greaves interrupted a sitting in the lower house pleading to the government that something must be done.

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The answer that many persons put forward lies with court systems and social work. Social work is defined as: organized work directed toward the betterment of social conditions in the community, as by seeking to improve the condition of the poor, to promote the welfare of children, etc. The emphasis being paid on the children, Verna St.Rose Greaves had a point in that something must be done. What if the adoption of specific roll of social workers be implemented to our system where children of a specific age be monitored on things like their surroundings, to make sure that it is fit for the child. The onus now falls on the children’s authority, child care services and the social welfare division just to name a few. The word reform is always tossed around, but it is something that should be looked at. Also families should be charged to take better care of their children, everything starts and ends with family

Traffic Blocking The Aftermath of Feb.25th

 

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If we hadn’t already been plagued with bad news, murder tolls rising to an unprecedented 73 persons for the year 2013, civil unrest was the case yesterday, early on Sunday 24th February, a mother and her two children along with another man were struck down in the Sea Lots area literally dragged and killed on impact, 26 fatal road accidents so far for the year of 2013. We’ve seen this happen before, we’ve heard of vehicular accidents that have taken the lives of persons and the Police Service afterwards issue warnings to the public on road safety, but what happens when the person at fault is one of their own? This was the case yesterday…. Now we have to ask ourselves….Is it because the person behind the wheel of the vehicle was an ex police officer that this was the reaction the people took?

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On this same day, in Laventille a woman’s son was murdered, on his way to meet his mother as he does every Sunday, shot in the back when a lone gunman told him to run in a most callous manner, somewhat taunting the young man to his already determined fate…. Where was the protest? Where was the tire burning? Where were the disgruntled citizens who are fed up with the state of lawlessness in the country? Nowhere to be seen, only a mother, a news camera, Policemen/women and caution tape. Doesn’t this type of unwarranted callous/merciless action deserve to be highlighted if not in the same light but more so because at this rate we may exceed the toll of 550 in 2008?

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As is the case with disgruntled persons in Trinidad & Tobago the case of action/reaction requires old tires, old refrigerators, signs and a couch set that needed to be thrown away and Fire. Today has to be the worst that Traffic has been for the month so far could this disaster have been avoided? The Minister of National Security (who still believes himself to be the Minister of Works) advises that a walkover will soon be placed near the sealots area for the utilization of the public, but that isn’t the problem is that the driver, met those who died on the pavement. As a result of protest actions in the bigger picture, production of today was very slow, and internal revenue was lost. Who’s at a bigger loss?

 

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