Archive for May, 2012

Independence Arrival

May 29, 2012

Stand

your ground

feet firmly

bedded

mud-rock

on coastland

waving Atlantic

holding

the Golden Arrowhead

aloft

wafting the air

buckman

blackman

coolie

Puttagee

Chinee

whiteman

God save the Queen

rigor mortis

now dwell

on Independence arrival

we hate

we love

we fight

we despise

yet longing

to share

togetherness

our motherland

yearning.

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Alberta Searching by Leonard Dabydeen

May 23, 2012

Alberta – Prairies

Roaming

badlands

untamed territories

a horse-back ride

galloping

in rhythmic speed

as canyons

listen to

hooves beat

earth’s drum

unfurling vistas

beyond

catcher of snowflakes

a gasp of breath

endures                           

searching 

sunlight.

Philip Moore

May 21, 2012

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Book Publication

May 20, 2012

New Book: Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems, by Leonard Dabydeen. Xlibris Publishers (2012)

This book is available at :

http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-0104668049/Watching-You.aspx

http://www.amazon.com/Watching-You-Collection-Tetractys-Poems/dp/1469148021

http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?qwork=19848278

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http://guyaneseonline.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/a-tribute-to-philip-moore-by-leonard-dabydeen/

May 16, 2012

http://guyaneseonline.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/a-tribute-to-philip-moore-by-leonard-dabydeen/

Cuffy -1763 Berbice African Slave Rebellion

 PHILIP MOORE

[Tribute]

By Leonard Dabydeen

 Close your eyes

go to sleep;

we shall not weep

but lift our heads

up high

to watch this monument

that you built upon

rocks of African slaves;    

embellishment –

rising to emancipation glory,

plantation Lilienburg rustling

with breezes across

the Canje river.

And callous hands

stained in brown sugar

Cuffy and Akara

stirring a rebellion

watching

Governor Van Hoogenheim

move house

in the heart of Magdalenenburg,

with a new dawn

for independent Guyana

with Cuffy

towering in the nation’s capital:

a monument

at the Square of the Revolution !

http://canindia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/08/tagore_video.gif

May 14, 2012

 

 Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

 Almost nine months ago at my mother’s passing, my brother Cyril Dabydeen quoted in his eulogy from Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali :

 “I know that day will come when my sight of this earth shall be lost, and life will take its leave in silence, drawing the last curtain over my eyes. Yet stars will watch at night, and morning rise as before, and hours heave like sea-waves casting up pleasures and pains.

When I think of this end of my moments, the barrier of moments breaks and I see by the light of death thy world…things that I longed for in vain and things that I got–let them pass.

I have got my leave. Bid me farewell, my brothers (and sisters)! I bow to you all and take my departure. Here I give back the keys of my door–and I give up all the claims to my house. I only ask for last kind words from you. We were neighbours for long, but I received more than I could give. Now the day has dawned and the lamp that lit my dark corner is out. A summons has come and I am ready for my journey.”

 Today, after seventy-one years of the passing of Tagore, we are unable to accept that he has given “up all the claims to my house”. With two national anthems in India and Bangladesh his memory is as fresh as the morning dew drops on a sunny day. It will not be diminished tomorrow.

 In my book, Watching You, A Collection of Tetractys Poems, Xlibris Publications (2012)  #78 poem is titled TAGORE’s MEMOIR:

 My

pandal

stashed in pith

Tagore’s memoir

I come to make Mother Durga puja.

 

In yogi stance my body in loin cloth

Mother Durga

comes to me

as I

pray.

 The perfume of Tagore’s spirit will always be with us. His Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 will remain an indelible stain of  success that will make us continue to read of his stories, listen to his songs and recite his Gitanjali.

My Mother

May 13, 2012
Image
I
held
her hand
looked at her
taking one last breath
goodbye was hard to watch in tears.

My eulogy was not enough
to wish her goodbye
but what else
was left
for
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Kala Pani Crossing: Indentureship

May 5, 2012

KALA PANI CROSSING: INDENTURESHIP – GUYANA

THE VIDEO YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE SKILLS OF THEN 13 YEAR OLD STAYON CHARLES WHO USED THE EQUIPTMENT OF HIS UNCLE CAPTAIN MIKE CHARLES OFGUYANA.

IT WAS MADE SUITABLE FOR UTUBE BY THE EFFORTS OF AMIT DABYDEEN ,WITH SPECIAL INTEREST IN DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS,AND HIS FATHER LEONARD DABYDEEN, POET, CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST AND PARALEGAL. LEONARD IS ALSO AN ACTIVIST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONTRIBUTES TO WRITINGS ON THE INDIAN DIASPORA AND INDENTURESHIP. HE IS A PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF : WATCHING YOU, A Collection of Tetractys Poems, ISBN  978-1-4691-4802-1 (2012). HE CAN BE REACHED AT leonard_dabydeen@hotmail.com

THE INTERVIEW WAS CONDUCTED IN THE HOME OF THE LATE MOSES RAMPERSHAD  IN 1999 WHEN HE WAS 102 YEARS OLD.  HE WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 26, 1897 AT BLENHEIM, LEGUAN, GUYANA TO BIRJAH AND TOOLSEA WHO WERE INDENTURED SERVANTS FROM CALCUTTA AT THE TIME.  HIS NAME AT BIRTH WAS SUKHOO BUT DIED MOSES RAMPERSHAD AT HERSTELLING, GUYANA AT THE AGE OF 103.

THE INTERVIEW WAS RATHER IMPROMTU, BUT HOPEFULLY WILL GENERATE SOME INTEREST AND RESEARCH IN SOME OF THE AREAS THAT WERE TOUCHED UPON BY RAMNARINE SAHADEO(RAMJI) PRACTICING LAWYER INTHE GREATER TORONTO AREA.

RAMJI HAD NO IDEA OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS UNIQUE INTERVIEW WITH SOMEONE WHO HAD ACTUALLY CROSSED THE KALA PANI TWICE AND STILL REMEMBERS IN DETAIL SOME OF THE CONDITIONS ABOARD THE SHIPS THAT BROUGHT ABOUT HALF A MILLION INDIANS AND THE VALUES OF THE ANCIENT VEDIC CIVILIZATION TO THE WEST.

RAMJI HAS AUTHORED ONE BOOK ENTITLED  MOHANDAS K. GANDHI, THOUGHTS WORDS DEEDS  WHICH CAN BE OBTAINED FROM AMAZON .COM  OR XLIBRIS.COM.

IN ADDITION HE HAS ALSO EDITED A COMPLETE ENGLISH POCKET SIZED VERSION OF THE BHAGAVAD-GITA WITH TRANSLATION, QUOTES AND COMMENTS BY MAHATMA GANDHI. HE CAN BE REACHED AT RAMJIHINDU@ROGERS.COM,  Office Ph:  905 671 9233  and  www.dharmaeducation.info .

WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL ENJOY THIS AND PASS IT ON TO OTHERS WITH A COMMON INTEREST.

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJkavSG7tJQ

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPR6i0bj6UQ

Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEX2pTvptZY

Par 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGRvNut_sK0

Part 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Agk19m_uBVY

COOLIES – How Britain re-invented SLAVERY

This story tells you howEnglandreplaced people fromIndiato replace the blacks. These Indians were tricked into leavingIndiato go toGuyana, Fiji & Africa. One man is looking for any sign of his great grand father who came toGuyana. Another man also looks for his roots inFiji. Indians are dealing with SOME of the same circumstances that the blacks endured. 

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMQbUajiIv4&feature=related

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=t0ndZALZCFc

Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=O-J2ZPhpkLo&feature=endscreen

Part 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfU9iQCThsE&feature=relmfu

Part 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YO7bK5sXvQ&feature=relmfu

 

CARIBBEAN DOCTORS ( an email post, May 3, 2012)

May 4, 2012

Five Caribbean Surgeons are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on.

The first a Cuban surgeon says, “I like to see accountants on my
operating table, because when you open them up, everything inside is
numbered.”

The second a Jamaican responds, “Yeah, but you should try electricians!  Everything inside them is color coded.”

The third a Barbadian surgeon says, “No, I really think librarians are
the best; everything inside them is in alphabetical order.”

The fourth a Guyanese surgeon chimes in: “You know, I like construction  workers…those guys always understand when you have a few parts left  over.

But the fifth a Trinidadian surgeon shut them all up when he observed:
“You’ re all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on.
There’s no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the
head and the ass are interchangeable.

TWO TRINI SHOPPING IN NEW YORK (from my email post – May 4, 2012)

May 4, 2012

 Ram and Suresh are walking down a street in New York. Ram happens to look in one of the shop windows and sees a sign that catches his eye.
 
The sign said: “Suits $5.00 each, Shirts $2.00 each, Trousers $2.50 per pair”.
 
Ram says to his pal, “Suresh, look! We go buy a whole lot of dose, and when we get back to Trinidad we go make a fortune.

Now when we go in de shop, you be quiet, OK? Just let me do all de talking, cause if dey hear we accent, dey might not be nice to we. I go speak in my best English accent.”
 
“Okay, den, I go keep me mout shut, so doh worry,” replies Suresh.
 
They go in and Ram says, “I’ll take 50 suits at $5.00 each, 100 shirts at $2.00 each. And 50 pairs of trousers at $2.50 each. I’ll back up my van and …”
 
The owner of the shop interrupts. “You’re from Trinidad, aren’t you?”
 
“Well … Yes,” says a surprised Ram. “How de hell yuh know dat?”
 
The owner replied, “This is a dry cleaner”