Gabby and Nelson

Barbados completes one of the last few steps before ending the colonial relationship with The United Kingdom

GABBY AND NELSON

 

Dr. The Most Honourable Anthony Gabby Carter (our Gabby) is one of Barbados’ cultural lighthouses. He is a musician and a poet, and we can hardly separate the poet from the musician. This is the poem that he published recently, after Nelson’s statue was removed from Trafalgar Square in Bridgetown on 16 November 2020.

 For those who aren’t familiar with the Caribbean, the poem is written in Bajan English, like all of Gabby’s poems.

 For your information, next year (2021), on the occasion of its 55th independence Anniversary, Barbados will become a Republic, thus ending the colonial relationship with the British Crown.

 Here’s Gabby’s Poem:

  

FORMER GREAT BRITAIN

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Dr. The Most Honourable Anthony Gabby Carter (our Gabby) is one of Barbados’ cultural lighthouses. He is a musician and a poet, and we can hardly separate the poet from the musician. This is the poem that he published recently, after Nelson’s statue was removed from Trafalgar Square in Bridgetown on 16 November 2020.

 

For those who aren’t familiar with the Caribbean, the poem is written in Bajan English, like all of Gabby’s poems.

 For your information, next year (2021), on the occasion of its 55th independence Anniversary, Barbados will become a Republic, thus ending the colonial relationship with the British Crown.

 Here’s Gabby’s Poem:

 

 

FORMER GREAT BRITAIN

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Dr. The Most Honourable Anthony Gabby Carter (our Gabby) is one of Barbados’ cultural lighthouses. He is a musician and a poet, and we can hardly separate the poet from the musician. This is the poem that he published recently, after Nelson’s statue was removed from Trafalgar Square in Bridgetown on 16 November 2020.

 For those who aren’t familiar with the Caribbean, the poem is written in Bajan English, like all of Gabby’s poems.

 For your information, next year (2021), on the occasion of its 55th independence Anniversary, Barbados will become a Republic, thus ending the colonial relationship with the British Crown.

 Here’s Gabby’s Poem:

  

FORMER GREAT BRITAIN

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Hello Former Great Britain

 

I'm your Former Colonial Son

 

I'm sending dis Text

(Don’t get vex)

 

Tuh let chuh know

My work on Nelson is done

 

My Comrades

Friends and Colleagues

 

Opted for Dignity

 

To preserve it

To reserve it

 

When I wanted it

Dumped into the sea!

 

They prospective

Was more acceptable

 

Might bring us

Long Time gain

 

In warm Tourism Dollars

 

From you and him

Who

Caused us pain

 

At the climax of the ceremony

 

Most unceremoniously

 

I saw a truck

(With Nelson at de back)

 

Heading fast into History

 

He was lying

In some Plywood

 

Or some other cheap

Deserving Disgrace

 

If I could have gotten Close Enough

 

I would have spat on his face!

 

Slowly they drove him

Up Broad street

 

A man mean and unkind

 

Bajans dressed

In their clothing of his day

 

With a solemn

Tuk band behind

 

The people

Stood there in Silence

 

At last they got their wish

 

The Removal

 Of Nelson's Statue

 

Good riddance to Rubbish!

 

Some joked and said

Crumbz Bakery

 

Would look good

Placed right there

 

I said oh no!

Nanny Grig or Cuffy

 

Would bring Joy

To de atmosphere

 

And so....

Former Great Britain

 

I have more news for you

 

By the 30th of November

(Next year)

 

We'll be ....

A Republic Too!

 

Oh you

Former Great Britain

 

(Now known as the U.K)

 

Decay

Is set upon you

 

Your Power

And your Presence

 

Is quickly fading away!

 

In this beautiful island

 

You once called

Little England

 

Your influence is waning

 

For Proudly now we Stand

 

Your sins are not forgotten

 

Nor how

You behaved like Sharks

 

Our Psyche

And Economic Picture

 

Still vividly bear the Marks

 

We are...

 

 An Invincible People

 

We'll break

Each Bond

Each Chain

 

You and Nelson

Could not hold us

 

And so....

We'll Rise Again!

 Written November 22nd ,2020. From 7.47 am to 8.13 am.

By: Dr. The Most Honourable Anthony Gabby Carter

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