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Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus

Carried through many nations and over many seas

advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,

I arrived, brother, for these wretched funeral rites

ut te postremo donarem munere mortis

So that I might present you with the last tribute of death

et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.

and speak in vain to silent ash,

Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.

Since fortune has carried away from me you in the flesh

Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,

Atlas, poor brother, unfairly taken away from me,

nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum

now in the meantime, nevertheless, these things which in the ancient custom of ancestors

tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,

are handed over as a sad tribute to the rites

accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,

receive, dripping much with brotherly weeping.

atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

And forever, brother, hail and farewell.

Adonais written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Ode to a Swing Bridge Bulldozed

For donkey’s years Bajans did ride throughout
The length and breadth of country, the Leeward;
Vintage now! This bus was ugly indeed
With rails like a zoo-cage on every side,
It kept human cargo safely inside,
Canvas drapes rolled up to bring in the view,
Inside it commuters could not find loo.

Its snail-pace haste put passengers to sleep;
Thirty miles kept at bay the “arm of law”.
Into Lower Green, gear and brakes applied;
These “cool cats” got off with their heads held high
Up Broad Street to watch Chamberline fly by
Bubbling with pleasure were those gals and boys,
Laughing from ear to ear in city noise;

Now in the square, guys stood on the boardwalk;
Saw tourists round Nelson still on the slab
Looking down Broad Street at posh merchant stores
Heard not the pleas of hawkers shouting out,
Nuts, sugar cakes, comforts, hey! They did shout
Near the Bridge, they too, came to see it swing
And twirl itself to land on its west wing.

‘Twas an august event for country kids;
On parents’ lead excursions into town,
True pictures whizzed by from the northern drive:
Trees, fields and buildings along coastal sea
The marble dolphin spat for them to see;
As they walked on Chamberlain’s outstretched arms,
They viewed the marvellous deep with its charms.

They saw Fielding’s stevedore bridge quartet
Those guys bellowed the bridge lyrics out loud;
Hands on here, Victoria! Hands on here!
Lock all the bolts now and hold on real tight!
Now heave to the left then spin to the right;
Swing now Chamberlain, and swing to the west
Real wide on Duncan’s side, you must now rest.

Oh Chamberlain! You deserve to rest now
And view all sorts of cargo passing by
In this temporal groove, the Careenage
Of still waters ’neath arched extremities
With trade from Caricom communities;
As pleasure crafts sail with the cool sea breeze
For you give them shelter from angry seas.

To your north stand political towers,
The Cathedral and heroes in the Square,
Your frame preserved the tracks, stains and bruises
Caused by every thing flowing over you;
Some have mishandled you and raped you too;
Yet your NISE arms swung with pride and beauty;
Your rest deserved; you have done your duty.

Oh Bridge of fragile frame you have reached now
One hundred and thirty-three years this fall.
With Indians’ feathered quills they wrote ‘bout
The blood, the sweat and tears of by-gone slaves,
Your blows from hurricanes and killer waves,
Yet, your timbered heart did find common ground
With Wolferstone, and Chamberlain, profound!

With tears in our eyes, they bulldozed you down;
Took some of your parts to Heritage Park
Vintage now in maritime museum
Never more will you swing your arms again
But your glory and honour shall remain
With new technology you lift your frame
From dust you rise, thanks to a City Dame.

Bridgetown the mega town of this small isle,
Rejoices with your megabytes software;
Best wishes to you from us here and there
Welcome your new arms, as you lift them tall;
Never more shall we let you rot and fall,
For with Barrow close by, pleases all Dames;
Boost sales from tourists and the World Cup games.

©Paterika Hengreaves
(Birthplace: Maycock's, St. Lucy, Barbados)

When the word was out that the historic swing bridge of Barbados would be demolished to make way for a modern technology lift bridge, I saw this as an opportunity to write a landmark poem that chronicles its life and the emotions it evoked in me. A little background to the locale of this historic landmark Swing Bridge is in order I suppose. So here it goes.

Two bridges span the Careenage: one that used to swing open and closed when larger ships passed, and another with the Independence Arch standing tall. These bridges echo back to when colonists first settled the land and found a handmade Indian bridge spanning the river. Chamberlain Bridge (the old swing bridge) stretches from Trafalgar Square to the other bank; the Charles Duncan O’Neale Bridge spans the river to the city’s main bus terminal on Fairchild Street. The Careenage is actually an arm of the sea that stretches inland. Bajans named the “river” Constitution River. In past years, merchants used the Careenage’s calm water as a place to dock their ships and to load/unload merchandise. In years gone by, Bridgetown used to bustle with men and women who carried heavy bundles of bananas, boxes of mangoes and avocados, barrels of rum, etc.

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

It is Hard Today

You search for love and find it is hard today;
The grits and pain are more than sand for sure;
Handful of tricks, intermix to transfix
The mind, will knock at every lover’s door;
Their keys push bolts  aside with plenty screws;
So guard well your soul, with a rose-thorn fence;
Players of harps would find no audience;
List of emotional needs don’t you show;
Hoping for a suitor whom you adore;
No way! Gone like the wind for ever more;
Wear the ace of hearts on chest not your sleeves
Reverse psychology tools lead your way
Say yes when you mean no; this is not tact;
"Lying is not the charm that holds love close".

 ©Paterika Hengreaves
August 2006/Ohio, USA

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


(Dialogue Poem)

Ejects and dejects cried;
Same game on either side;
You go in; you come out;
Your choice is, smile or pout;
You drop it in, and wait;
The choice is yours Gaye Tate.
What choice do I have Drew?
But sit and chat with you,
And hear your point of view.
Thank you Gaye for your ears;
Amid the hype and noise;
There is always a choice;

My point to you is this;
Crackers they will dismiss;
Ignorance is not bliss;
Take a slice off whole bread;
Choice is always widespread;
To wed on not to wed;
Lesbian, straight or gay
Wrong or right, what's your say?
Why you ask this of me?
Not in closet, but free;
Gay by name and nature;
Thanks to legislature.

Have you read Charles Strite's post?
Pray tell who is this man?
Don't know him from Adam;
So you don't eat toast bread!
I dab it with glow-spread.
He was an inventor
Of the pop-up toaster;
Check him out on Google;
Such knowledge is useful.
Don't have a computer.
You have got to be kidding!
No! No! Not rich like you.

Where is the sun today?
All day the sky will weep;
Still I must feed the sheep;
My eclipse biscuits fell
In stew, what to do, Drew? 
Don’t you be a baboon!
Fish them out with pot spoon
Eat and chat with Lorraine,
A balanced life maintain... 
Drew, you controlling freak,
I asked simple question;
Not your lecture session.

Bravo my friend we do
Have choices, in a queue;
My point to you is this:
Ignorance is not bliss.
So now I am stupid,
And you are so lucid?
I am simply saying,
It's an undertaking
To weigh, the pros and cons;
Think, why shoes hurt your corns?
Oh come off it, you freak,
With your lecturing streak!

© Paterika Hengreaves

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Planted Hero of Trafalgar Square

A squire is in the square;
So many times those things
Before us, we don't see;
The changing tide we fight
It, with all of our might...
Globalization, is
The crust that holds firmly,
The economic pie;
And nothing is the same;
When the day has ended... 

Do you stop to wonder
Why, sometimes tears do fall
Simultaneously, when
Those kisses are planted?
Why good memories are
Made of bliss, and bad ones
Flow from those teary eyes,
And terror everywhere?
How many times do we
See squire within a square?

How many times we see,
People squatting out there,
In the air and the rain,
Around Trafalgar Square,
Heroes’ Square, the swing bridge,
The Central Bank and pier?
In this symbolism,
Competing images
In mind appearing,
Taxing over stressed brain; 

And those opposing views
We hear, and read in news.
Now Folks for crying out,
Across the island that
There stands a Navy man
In Trafalgar Square that
Is Independence Square
With stone-eyes at Barrow,
Our national hero;
This sailor from Britain; 

A squire within a square,
Pun intended, really
This foreign Admiral
Of the high seas fought for
The British monarchy;
This Lord towers high in
The middle of the square,
Faced Broad Street; backs Broad Street
Close to those buildings for

This foreign sentinel
Guards, prominent site in
Barbados, this sailor
With a gun at his side
Near the boardwalk that
Hugs the ebbing tide,
And this man with one-eye,
One hand sailed many storms
Swirling the seven seas
And Caribbean lands. 

He looked at hurricanes
He watches ocean deep,
With their destructive eyes
On the sea and the land;
Yet he stands steadfastly,
Like the stately Royal
Palms near the bay, with their
Feet in sandy clay in
The porous coral ground
This Norfolk Admiral 

Gazes in full command;
Over harbor, the land,
The careenage and the
Tranquil estuary
Laden with all types of
Vessels mariners keep.
Wishes amid the stars
That he could again sail,
Blue Caribbean Sea
And mingle with Pringle,

At him everyone stares;
But, their gazes are looks
Of admiration mixed
With condemnation at
His stance, so demanding
So much more than a glance;
Tourists from near and far
Have come to pay homage
To noble Englishman
In bronzy body wear; 

With flashing cameras,
On this their Libra knight;
His stony face shines in
The hot tropical sun,
Hurricanes and the dew.
Vexed he as hell the bell
Chimes, loudly in his ears
Like the English’s  Big Ben
Singing on the air
Every hour and day.

And top of that all those
Birds that shit on his head
And "ladies of the night";
That Pringle keeps in her
Inn around Carlisle bay...
Colonial Bajans
Worshiped this Admiral,
'Cause at forty-seven
This Lord, a rector's son
In Battle Trafalgar

Showed extreme bravery,
Eighteen hundred and five,
In their “Little England”;
Bajans adopted Englishman
As their new found hero.
Eight years after his death,
Westmacott’s bronze statue
Of this rector’s son was
Place on Barbados' soil
In our Trafalgar Square.

His memory lives on;
In colonial breeze
Discontent still remains
Concerning his placement
In this Trident nation;
Patriotic Bajans
Aired their discontentment
For this British hero,
Lord Nelson in their square,
Heroes Square, with Barrow.

Father of their nation
Barrow their true hero
Independence he gave
In nineteen sixty-six
Sent, Union Jack back.
To quell the discontent
That brewed on the island,
Trafalgar Square renamed,
The Independence Square;
But discontent remained;

Nelson's relocation
Aired, across the island;
Barrow must take his spot,
He is our true hero;
No foreigner will do.
Appeasement back on board
Because they want the votes;
So the Square was renamed
Heroes Square but still the
Controversy remains. 

On the land, because the
People want Nelson move
From Heroes' Square, a place
For National Heroes;
Not Foreign navel-strings
The jury is still out;
Lord Nelson still usurps;
Amid  turning of his head
Front, back, east and the west.
Politicians silent. 

The Trident people still
Waiting for the day, when
Admiral Lord Nelson,
Move to the Garrison;
His final resting place...
This Independence Square,
Is the place for heroes
Who are Barbadians
Built by their sweat and tears
Is not for buccaneers...

© Paterika Hengreaves
(Barbados, 2003)

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Monday, November 21, 2016


View as you read measures affixed;
each word, or sound your lips do spit;
run under old staved wood don't quit;
stressed and unstressed feet they have mixed;
in it, rhythm and rhyme betwixt;
for feet brake sharp no marks omit;
in time, tetrameter affixed
catalectic is not mouth spit;
acatalectic verses fix;
take sways when cadence does transmit;
in rhymes and caesura tight-knit;
omitted letters are not fixed;
now, metrical tricks are affixed

Form: Structured Poetry
Style: Acrostic
Genre: Lyrical
Classification: Didactic Poetry
Meter: Iambic Tetrameter
Stanza: Thirteener
Rhyme Scheme: Mono Rhyme

©Paterika Hengreaves
January 31, 2009

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Tear-filled Heart

What a travesty? Set me free
From brutality, set me free

Your ways are far too agrestic
The vulgarity; set me free

Your lies; no Qantas jets you own;
From depravity, set me free

Even cats and dogs need respect
From bestiality, set me free

In your mess you have lost your wits;
No chastity; set me free

A rat will always be a rat;
From your vanity set me free

Your Texas ranch is my prison
From calamity, set me free

So many sad days I endure
From barbarity, set me free

Trumpery is now my nightmare
From insanity, set me free

I see clearly you cannot love
You must Cassidy, set me free

Your RiRi is on bended knees
Please, from tragedy; set me free. 

© Paterika Hengreaves
(July 19, 2015)

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Anthem 1

Māori Version

E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai

Ōna mano tāngata
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Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
Nei ka tono ko ngā hē
Māu e whakaahu kē,
Kia ora mārire

Tōna mana kia tū!
Tōna kaha kia ū;
Tōna rongo hei pakū
Ki te ao katoa
Aua rawa ngā whawhai
Ngā tutū e tata mai;
Kia tupu nui ai

Waiho tona takiwā
Ko te ao mārama;
Kia whiti tōna rā
Taiāwhio noa.
Ko te hae me te ngangau
Meinga kia kore kau;
Waiho i te rongo mau

Tōna pai me toitū
Tika rawa, pono pū;
Tōna noho, tāna tū;
Iwi nō Ihowā.
Kaua mōna whakamā;
Kia hau te ingoa;
Kia tū hei tauira;

English Version

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country's spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom's ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations' van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

Anthem 2

God Save the Queen

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen.
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save The Queen.

O Lord our God, arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks;
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
God save The Queen.

Note: The second verse of 'God Save The Queen' is commonly omitted.

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