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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)

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Barbados Ah Come From (In Paradelle)


So folks I declare love this place
So folks I declare love this place
The gem of the Caribbean
The gem of the Caribbean
So I declare this gem of love
The folks of the Caribbean

Tourists are always welcome here
Tourists are always welcome here
With hearts of love we give you thanks
With hearts of love we give you thanks
Here we always welcome tourist
We give you thanks with hearts of love

Pedro Compos Los Barbados
Pedro Compos Los Barbados
Island he named the bearded ones
Island he named the bearded ones
The bearded ones, Los Barbados
Los Barbados he Compos named

We First Lady Prime Minister
We First Lady Prime Minister
Mia Amor Mottley the best
Mia Amor Mottley the best
We best Prime Minister Mia
The First Lady Prime Minister

Broke his glass ceiling to pieces
Broke his glass ceiling to pieces
Our Prime Minister Mottley did
Our Prime Minister Mottley did
Ceiling to pieces did Mottley
Mottley broke his glass to pieces

Now she cleans the mess left in house
Now she cleans the mess left in house
And what bank’s revenue is worth
And what bank’s revenue is worth
What is the mess revenue in?
She must clean what mess is in Bank

She starts formal house-keeping tasks
She starts formal house-keeping tasks
Sweet and sour-sop dishes served
Sweet and sour-sop dishes served
Formal house-keeping tasks she starts
And serves sweet and sour-sop dishes

Soon we will again all say this
Soon we will again all say this
God Bless Bim for a land so good
God Bless Bim for a land so good
Say we all again God Bless Bim
We say again for a land so good

© Paterika Hengreaves
May 24, 2018 (Barbados)


Structure of Paradelle Poetry

The Paradelle is a more demanding form of poetry which appeared way back in the eleventh century. It is a poem of four six-line stanzas in which the first and second lines, as well as the third and fourth lines of the first three stanzas, must be identical.

The fifth and sixth lines, which traditionally resolve these stanzas, must use all the words from the preceding lines and only those words.

Similarly, the final stanza must use every word from all the preceding stanzas and only these words. This style of poetry was introduced into the United States of America by Poet Laureate Billy Collins as a parody of the villanelle.

It is important to be cognizant of the fact that this restrictive poetic form consisting of four sestets that must repeat verses and reuse all previous words according to a fixed pattern.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

My Plea

Through meadows soft, come, walk with me
Through meadows soft, come, walk with me
Where tumble weeds explore the moor
Where tumble weeds explore the moor
Walk with me through the tumble weeds
With soft meadows the moor explore

Sing many sweet songs in my ears
Sing many sweet songs in my ears
With those notes of yore, help me reach
With those notes of yore, help me reach
Help me sing in my ears sweet songs
Many songs of yore help me sing

Near the croft in the open fields
Near the croft in the open fields
Wild flowers in fields nod with flair
Wild flowers in fields nod with flair
Flowers wild with flair nod in fields
In the open fields near the croft

©Paterika  Hengreaves
September, 2006/Ohio, USA)



Tuesday, October 02, 2018

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Presidential Shenanigans in a Paradelle


Lies like peas come from pushy lips
Lies like peas come from pushy lips
From a house of white built by slaves
From a house of white built by slaves
From lips like peas pushy white lies
From a house of white built by slaves

Early morning twitter-bug flies
Early morning twitter-bug flies
Twitter-feeds hilariously
Twitter-feeds hilariously
Twitter bug flies early morning
Hilariously twitter feeds

Good grieve; corn-flakes opened his eyes
Good grieve; corn-flakes opened his eyes
Traffic jam in elevator
Traffic jam in elevator
His corn-flakes eyes opened, good grieve
Elevator in traffic jam

They really ripped this place apart
 They really ripped this place apart
Against cyber bullies she is
Against cyber bullies she is
Cyber bullies ripped this apart
This place they ripped, cyber bullies

©Paterika Hengreaves
(September2, 2018 / The West Indies)

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

No Compassionate Consideration


Just real thoughts to you we say
Elizabeth we love this Queen
And her father George the same way
Not that trumpet so crude and mean

God bless this Royal Queen on Thrown
Royalty love, around the globe
America’s trumpet bemoan
Music of hate fills his wardrobe.

So when your own big dog bits you,
You are properly well bitten;
He likes pudding’s plate and souse too,
And walked in front Queen of Britain,

Where does his manners lie pray tell?
Queen circled him, took back her spot,
No real manners in him doth dwell
More manners in Royal teapot,

The super-race is his forte,
A bully sits in the White House;
Black skin souls don’t see light of day,
Brown folks over his wall like cows.

The Apprentice war has broken out,
Like South Africa’s, apartheid;
He and his followers are out;
Abuse power, in broad daylight;

As she walked steps of Air Force One
Jacket on her back read these words
I don’t care do you? Only for son
His emigrant third wife's words heard. 


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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
The pride of nationhood



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We loyal sons and daughters all
Do hereby make it known
These fields and hills beyond recall
Are now our very own
We write our names on history's page
With expectations great
Strict guardians of our heritage
Firm craftsmen of our fate




The Lord has been the people's guide
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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We loyal sons and daughters all
Do hereby make it known
These fields and hills beyond recall
Are now our very own
We write our names on history's page
With expectations great
Strict guardians of our heritage
Firm craftsmen of our fate

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National Anthems of New Zealand

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
Aotearoa

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
Aotearoa

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
Aotearoa

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
Aotearoa

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;
Aotearoa

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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