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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)

Monday, January 07, 2013

Barbados Postage Stamps Speaking Volumes - Part V

Barbados postage stamps for you;
Plenty facts stuck with glue;
These sticky little squares do show;
Monarchy you should know;

What rates for the weights they must hold,
On papers new or old?
Postage stamps tell, tell true stories;
Not of Whigs and Tories.

Revenue sent to government
Stamps legal document;
We make love to sticky-paste squares
With kisses, glue adheres.

Queen Victoria days of yore;
Penny Post at the door;
World's first postmark known, who carved it?
Henry Bishop made it.

Who gave us the adhesive stamp?
Was Rowland Hill, the champ?
Barbados postage stamps left clues;
Of kings and queens infuse.

On this half penny stamp of green;
Historical facts seen;
A crown that floats above a head;
What message does it spread? 

In the Victorian era,
He wore no crown never;
A consort he was her husband;
She proposed to this man.

Strong woman would make that occur;
He said yes, yes after;
Acrostics she did; he liked chess;
Both them played with success.

 Queen Victoria on the throne;
Morality enthroned;
To every far flung colony;
Barbados, so tiny;

Growing sugar-cane island’s crop;
And slaves working non-stop;
No wage in pounds, shillings and pence;
Working fields, heat intense.

Cutting sugarcane filled dray-carts,
Feeding mills, black-poor hearts;
Bedchamber crisis in Palace;
Peel resigned from office;

Interesting review on this;
This postage stamp depicts
Britannia, Roman goddess,
Postage face does impress.

What are the images you see?
Neptune god of the sea;
Which Britannia personified;
And Romans canonized.

Female personification
Britannia's passion
Brave waves did splash over England
Britain the great island;

Like Neptune she holds a trident;
Three prongs so evident;
Neptune rides waves with seahorses
Well; Britannia does. 

For crying out loud hear this thing;
Barbados she acting
Like she is, Great Britain's England;
Called self "Little England".

Barbados stamps from the outset;
Mirrored England's stamp set;
Post photos alike during the
Victorian era.

Look at postage stamp one farthing;
Gives credence and backing;
Much more is on this postage plate;
So let's reiterate;

Barbados’ story of money,
Few words stated mintly;
Three and a half centuries ago,
Crown's grip on it did show.

Pounds shillings and pence, changeable;
British money table;
Four farthings, one penny it is;
Twelve pence one shilling, Chris.

Imagery on the stamps does say;
Victoria holds sway;
Eighteen thirty-seven young queen;
On the throne at eighteen.

How much those two pees worth today?
A reckoning would say
In Barbados money, six cents;
Inflation dents the pence.

Imperialist's grip on Bimshire
Postage stamps, front and rear;
Dubbed Barbados Britannia
Bags mail with carrier.

Britannia has many themes:
Sea, land, air, and dog scenes
Celebrations, and so much more;
Seen on each stamp photo.
Look at Britannia below,
And see how those themes glow;
In this postage stamp gallery;
Compiled for you gladly.

Did the Bajan Britannia
Suffer asthenia?
No, got too much power to stir
The colonial air;

Feeding the lungs of royalty,
And their entrenched army,
The largest Empire on earth;
With glory and self-worth.

Two centuries these British knaves;
Britannia ruled the waves;
Politics play on sticky squares;
Land owners billionaires;

Hindsight sees the bad and the good;
Sherwood hid Robin Hood;
Empire and George VI would die;
His daughter is not shy.

In the year nineteen sixty-six,
Elizabeth did fix
Imperial wrongs, she undressed;
Her Commonwealth cleaned mess;

Bajan Britannia in the dark;
Independence stamps spark;
Britain no longer holds this rock;
Forty-five years ticktock.

With the texture of an Afro,
The rock sat in Barrow;
Proudly wrapped in Broken Trident;
Union Jack silent.

A bold shift in Bajan postage;
The royal head abridge;
When Queen Elizabeth gave back,
With great poise, and brave tact. 

This rock, her ancestors sliced up
Lapping royal tea-cup;
In the year sixteen twenty five;
Human rights ere deprive;

More than three hundred years preserved;
Before new Queen observed;
Her reign brings to Bajans new hope,
And a new skipping rope.

Each postage stamp bears Bajan craft;
Drives postal photograph;
With themes, and scenes of our land;
Sir Garry from Bayland;

Cricketer from Police Sports Club;
Queen Elizabeth dubbed;
Sir Garfield Sobers on the field;
Greatest all-rounder kneeled.

Bajan's living hero knighted;
Captaincy accepted;
Sir Frank Worrell ere his mentor;
At the wicket we saw;

He pleased crowds growing round the ground
On him, flowing around;
Sir Garfield St Auburn Sobers;
Collie’s death he ponders...

Traumatic time indeed for him;
Drinking tears kept him slim;
Hits six sixes in one over;
Pleasing crowds rolled-over.

Six successive balls in cricket,
From powerful wicket;
See him on postage Sir Gary
Hones cricket skillfully.

Pause we must on October nine;
This thought floods brain of mine
On postal anniversary;
Postage fraternity. 

Eighteen hundred and sixty four,
This I recall and more;
The arrival of World Post Day
Mail stubs are here to stay.

Reflect we must on UPU;
Headquarters for mail crew
Of the Universal Postal;
A problem-solving hull.

Union taken for granted,
And benefits charted;
The UPU in zonal ways;
Hugs Bajan postal trays.

With pride and appreciation;
We in this small nation;
Celebrate World Post Day with hearts
In Bern's postal ramparts;

Such Swiss' confidence they instill
In our postal mill;
Impacting all living beings;
When Nations Seek postings.

Stuck on historic road’s outpost;
With alphabetic host;
Forty-eight quatrains count and score
Verses one eighty-four.

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E Ihowā Atua,
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Me aroha noa
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Kia tau tō atawhai;
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Hear our voices, we entreat,
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Make her praises heard afar,
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