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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Comment on Choices


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 a 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!

The poem “Choices” is a dialogue where two personas are in a conversation. Poetic dialogue is written in verses where verses can be acted out just like in a play, hence the term dramatic dialogue. The prefix “di” means two. This poem has triple quatrains of five stanzas, each with twelve verses.  Quatrain has four verses; a triple quatrain has twelve verses. These verses measure three metrical feet hence the reason why they are called trimeter verses. The prefix “tri” means three.

In this poem the rhyme scheme is; aabbccdddxee fffggghhiijj xkkGgllmmlnD hooxDppqqrss ddGGttnnuuRr. In any rhyme scheme the “x” stands for a word that does not rhyme and a capital letter in a rhyme scheme for word that rhymes with itself.

Hearing the dialogue when Gaye asked Drew, what should he do with Eclipse biscuits that were in his stew brought a smile on my face? I remembered how “eclipse biscuit” made by the West Indian Biscuit Company (WIBSCO) was a staple at breakfast for many Bajans during the island’s colonial era; indeed eclipse biscuits was the popular school snack served at ten o’clock  with a plastic tumbler of milk  (made from powdered milk) to pupils in the public Elementary Schools. These eclipse biscuits, square in shape were decorated with thirteen tiny pin-like holes which pupil would count them from various angles as though they were reinforcing their counting skills. See picture below. Sir Errol Walton Barrow frowned on this and introduced hot meals in all the public Elementary Schools.

Eclipse Biscuits played a prominent role among housewives who used them when preparing stuffing for chicken they would bake. Toast bread was not popular among ordinary folks during the era of British rule. Eclipse biscuits were the ‘working class” toast. Toasted bread was popular among the bourgeois class, the servants made toasted bread by flipping them over with hand held tongs over fire from wood-stove tops. The pop-up bread toaster became popular in Barbados during the Independence era, the birth of modern Barbados. The Americans’ influence on this tiny island was very great even now. It was classy for Bajans to have in their homes products made in North America. The pop-up toaster called the “toastmaster” became popular in Barbados during the 1960’s and is still very popular in Barbados among the various classes which make up modern Barbados. It took approximately some forty-one years for the “toastmaster” invented by the American from Florida, Charles P Strite in 1919 to reach the homes of all Barbadians. Of course, a search of Google would provide much more information on this American inventor. Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were at Stanford University as PhD students. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. The Headquarters of Google is in Mountain View, California. This multinational corporation specializes in internet-related services and products. These include search, cloud computing, software and online advertising technologies.

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