A letter to my island.
I lived in a place where whether u lived in town or country you could leave home with your window or doors open, I lived in a place where your neighbor was your babysitter, I lived in a place where Sunday was church, everyday after school was cricket, football or pitching marbles, I lived in a place where we didn't only build blocks, we build Shantees and Tree Houses, roast breadfruit, fish, sweet potato, cook food with a but pot, or sauce pan you took up belonging to your parents that you got beat for cause it was so black when you finish, I lived in a place where we would go Bonnets in Brittons Hill to see the lights and it was safe, I lived in a place where you had to speak properly to your elders regardless of what you think about them, Adults it was never acceptable for you to curse children cause that's something only crazy people did, I lived in a place where we built relationships on love, going out to a movie, fairs, the beach, town just to chill, hours on the phone, I lived in a place where we use to go to the spring to fish, I lived in a place where we could go in the cane ground, break a piece of cane and come back home talk so much foolishness and have the best laugh of your life, I lived in a place where cursing your parents or fighting back is a SIN, I lived in a place where adults thought they knew it all but had so much love for younger people and younger people had so much affection and tolerance for older people, I lived in a place where politicians touched the people and came on the block buying drinks for and talking to the youngsters, I lived in a place where you kept your gun on a stash until you have to use it, the baddest men went to parties with their enemies without guns, I lived in a place where men had a level of respect for women and women had a certain respect for men, I lived in a place where we use to rob white rich people, not black poor people, doesn't make it right, but that's what it was, we lived in a place where we spent hours outside making all kinds of things that the old people would sit down and tell us about, we lived in a place where old people had conversations with young people about old time days, it wasn't a debate or we wasn't defensive, we listened cause it was interesting, I live in a place where people who kill each other were sentenced to hang or life in prison, I lived in a place where one murder affected a whole country, I lived in a place where women took responsibility and pride in the way they dresses and men took responsibility in the way they carried themselves, I lived in a day when we had to pray before we leave home and before we eat, I lived in a day where my island was an Islands's Paradise and we was exclusive, the crem dela crem of the Caribbean, I lived in a place where if we were mention in movies it was always in a luxurious way. wedding party wears for bridesmaids
I now live in a place where we kill each other, we pull down each other, we fight each other, we laugh at each other, we rob each other, we shoot each other, we scorn each other.
I live in a place where it's not even safe to leave your gate open further more a window or door, people are at home and still afraid to have their house open after a certain time.
I live in a place where we seem to have flesh eaters and we not following the movies anymore but creating our own movies, worst than a movie itself, more like a bad dream.
I live in a place where children curse adults and adults curse children, and that's not wrong, more seem like entertainment.
I live in a place where the news is desensitized to showing dead bodies on a floor in respect to a persons family.
I live in a place where regardless of the circumstance, life or death, our cellphone is the first thing we think about, should I record this or not record this.
I live in a place where we hardly even see Brittons Hill/Bonnets isn't the safest place, we hardly even see Christmas Lights elsewhere, and even though we try to keep the holidays alive and love it so much, alot more people aren't bothered to celebrate it.
I live in a place where what someone wear is more your business than your next paycheck or what you are you going to cook for your kids later, people's business is now our business, and we comment on everything that has nothing to do with us.
I live in a place where people with money separate themselves from the less fortunate and openly act like they're better, they're proud of that.
I live in a place where people aren't safe to leave home and are paranoid in the climate of things going on on or island.
I live in a place where it's not easy to get better because right now as I speak innocent, law abiding persons are trying to purchase fire arms because they're afraid of their safety and want protection, that's more guns in the streets.
I live in a place where we love to hate and hate to love.
I live in a place where politicians use social media to act crazy making us question how educated we need to be to be at the forefront of politics in Barbados.
I live in a place where we can do better but we choose to point fingers cause a back and forth conversation is more important and progressive than a solution.
I live in a place Artist can't be creative anymore because people are so critical and artist can't be artist cause we blame everybody but ourselves.
I live in a place where royalty is more important than poverty
I live in a place where my grammar is more important than this message. (I choose to make speaking from my heart primary and everything else secondary)
I believe in my people, Our island was once built on love and unity, we can build it again, we can stand for something and fall for nothing, we can feel free to love and show love, it's okay to not agree, but let's agree to disagree and keep it pushing, Our island is love, our island is paradise, let's live again.