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Catullus 101

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)

Sunday, March 26, 2017


(in Senryu)

thieves bask in sunshine
time ultimately sneaks up
pants drop on the ground

justice chariots
wielding knives that carve deeply
retribution reigns

© Paterika Hengreaves
January 31, 2010/Barbados

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lent Fast

Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Barbados

Week 4 Thursday 
Lent Fast
Metsagu - Means Infirmity +

Psalm 41v3-4: The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. (KJV)
Galatians 5v18-26: But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. (KJV)
Jude 1v5-25: I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Ye Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds: trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam prophesied of these saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of His saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.  These are murmurers, complainers,, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoke before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have “compassion making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the “fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (KJV)
Acts 14v11-15: And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people. Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: (KJV)
Psalm 149: Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in Him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise His name in the dance: let them sing praises unto Him with the timbrel and harp. For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: He will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all His saints. Praise ye the Lord. (KJV)
St John 1v1-9: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him: and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. (KJV)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Death of a West Indian Poet

So sad to hear of the death of Derek Walcott . RIP for you will always be remembered. Read more on his life go to 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

That Name (Shame or Fame)

With this psychological knot
It ties itself upon a lot
And defines who or what we are
A career it may sometimes bar
Predictable actions we see
The self-fulfilling prophesy.

This tendency to live the name
Can give the person added fame
In Ashanti, the name is blamed
For types of traits deemed so disdained
And so, Tonsillitis Jackson
With illness, had same condition.

Do names conjure up images?
What name does bring smiles on faces
That paints great picture in the head?
So Harry is a hare you said!
With clout, must scurry or hurry
Still falls right into hot curry!

That name that bears a hurtful slant
Can cause a tease when people rant
And may do harm to self-esteem
When taunting becomes too extreme
Keep negative tags from your child
Or else the kid may grow up wild.

Angels or monsters, names can make
When folks back-bite like a grass snake
Such deadly venom strikes down ego
To hit the ground hard like a mango
A name inflates or blooms like rose
Or falls and shrinks to cause real woes.

© Paterika Hengreaves
2006/Ohio, USA

H. Edward Deluzain in the article "Name and Personality" wrote this: A number of years ago, the newspapers ran a story about a young man who re-enlisted in the Navy during the time he was hospitalized for tonsillitis. Ordinarily, an event like this wouldn't attract public notice. What gave this story its appeal, though, was the fact that the man's name was Tonsillitis Jackson, who, along with his brother Meningitis, had helped his parents care for his sisters Laryngitis, Appendicitis, and Peritonitis (Smith)

In naming the child, St. John Chrysostom gives special importance to naming children after the names of Saints, so that the child becomes attached to his saint's name then the family should celebrate this saint's feast day in a way similar to celebrating the child's birthday. 

Friday, March 03, 2017

Water is Live

Order of Worship
Ecumenical Prayer Service on Ash Wednesday,
1 March, 2017, 15.30 Hrs
Holy Saviour Parish of the /Ethiopian orthodox /church, Addis Ababa
Opening service of Lenten Campaign “Seven Weeks for Water”
Theme: Thirst for Justice: A pilgrimage of justice and peace in Africa

We were born out of the water (Musical notes shown)
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

 1.        We were born out of the waters the waters that give life to all the earth.
            We were made God’s sons and daughters at the font of our rebirth
            Every day, God’s waters bless us! We are nourished and renewed;
            For the waters that surround us give us life and health and food.

2.         Just as rivers join each other, all creation joins in song.
            All nature works together; bold and beautiful and strong.
            Fish that fill a flowing river, springs of water from below
            Daily point us to the Giver from whom blessings overflow.

3          God, we hear the troubling thunder of the shouts of “Profit first!”
            Land and streams are torn asunder till creation cries in thirst.
            God, we thirst for healthy waters and for justice for the land,
            As your faithful sons and daughters, may we rise to take a stand.

4.         God who made the whole creation, with its rivers, fields and streams,
             You have given us a vision of what caring for them means.
            May we care for all your waters, for your land, for sky above;
            May we serve you as protectors of this world that you so love.

Tsega Nesayne

Tse-ga Ne-say-ne we-he-wo-te re-ke-.bne,
 E-he Be-hai-le Mes-qe-lu le
E-ye-sus Kris-tos e Be-hai- le Mes-qe lu.

We have received grace
We have received mercy,
Through the cross of Jesus Christ.

O God of life, your waters flow
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

              1.   O God of life, your waters flow
                    And make all life on earth to grow,
                    Your springs rise up and rains fall down
                    On ffertile field and sandy ground.


                     May we be wise to know the worth
                     Of clean, clear rivers, sky and earth.
                     May all your children take a stand,
                     Protecting water, tending land.

               2.   Yet greed can rise up to destroy
                     The things you give us to enjoy.
                     This world too often won't respect
                     The things you call us to protect.

               3.   May justice roll like waters down
                     And streams of righteousness abound.
                     May we push on and never cease
                     To stand for justice, truth and peace.

Matt Ferner of the Huffington Post writing under the banner "These are the Most Water-Stressed Countries in the World" opined that "Stable and abundant water supplies are becoming increasingly difficult to come by on a warming planet with a growing population."Forthwith this raised the question in my mind; why are there still so many climate change deniers around the world?

The "World Resources Institute (WRI) states that "providing stable freshwater supplies is a priority for every country in the world. Yet stable supplies are increasingly hard to come by in many countries, as water-related risks increase.

The World Resources Institute's world map above shows the countries in various color schemes throughout the world to be seriously dogged by water woes. 

Low Stress (0-10%)

Low to Medium Stress (10-20%)

Medium to High Stress (20-40%)

High Stress (40-80%)

Extremely High Stress (0-80%)

As shown above, these five different colors as extracted from the world map give the magnitude of water stress each country has to endure. These varying colours provide alarming statistics those countries have to be cognizant of the fact that a serious crisis exists and should take speedy steps to push back for the greater good without further delay. WRI has identified 36 countries with high water-stressed woes as shown in the table below:


Country Name

Baseline Water
Stress Score


Antigua and Barbuda
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
San Marino
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Western Sahara
Saudi Arabia
East timor


Look at the position which Barbados holds on the water stress table above. This position 

must be perplexing among folks living in Barbados who must grapple with the fact that
their water-supply is under extremely high stress in this twenty-first century.

In the Bible water is glorified and is mentioned 722 times. However here are examples found in Bible (KJV). How about you finding other examples in the Bible? Use the Comments section on this blog to post your findings.

Genesis 1:2; Genesis 1:20; Genesis 7:17; Genesis 7:21-23
Exodus 17:5,6
Ezekiel 36:25
Job 5:10    
Isaiah 55:10-11; Isaiah 44:3; Isaiah 12:3
Hosea 6:3;
Amos 5:24

Matthew 3:11
John 3:5; John 2;7
Ephesians 5:26;
Hebrews 10:25

Going for Water
by Robert Frost

The well was dry beside the door,
And so we went with pail and can
Across the fields behind the house
To seek the brook if still it ran;

Not loth to have excuse to go,
Because the autumn eve was fair
(Though chill), because the fields were ours,
And by the brook our woods were there.

We ran as if to meet the moon
That slowly dawned behind the trees,
The barren boughs without the leaves,
Without the birds, without the breeze.

But once within the wood, we paused
Like gnomes that hid us from the moon,
Ready to run to hiding new
With laughter when she found us soon.

Each laid on other a staying hand
To listen ere we dared to look,
And in the hush we joined to make
We heard, we knew we heard the brook.

A note as from a single place,
A slender tinkling fall that made
Now drops that floated on the pool
Like pearls, and now a silver blade.

Water is life and love, so we must do our very best to preserve the integrity of our water system. God' gift to all whether Jew, Christian, Agnostic or Atheist.

Be Bless every one

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lord's Prayer in Amharic

Besemayat Yemitnor Abatachin Hoy
Simih Yiqedes Mengistih Timt'a
Feqadih Besemay Inde Honech Indeehu Bemidir Tihun
Yeilet Injerachinin Zare Siten
Ignam Degimo Yebedelunin Yiqir
Indeminil Bedelachinin Yiqir Belen
Kekifum Adinen Injee Wede Fetena Atagban
Mengist Yante Natna Haylim Kibirim Lezelealemu

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Holy is Thy name. Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us least we wander into temptation; and deliver us from evil:
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


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In plenty and in time of need
When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride was sprung
A pride that makes no wanton boast
Of what it has withstood
That binds our hearts from coast to coast
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For past three hundred years.
With Him still on the people's side
We have no doubts or fears.
Upward and onward we shall go,
Inspired, exulting, free,
And greater will our nation grow
In strength and unity.


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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
Kiri whero, kiri mā,
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.

Edmund Hillary


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