The Seducer. An Appetiser of Caribbean Flavour, For ThreeKeys

Our Motto

The Grenadian Motto: "Ever Conscious of God, We Aspire, Build And Advance As One people." This is woven into our beautiful Coat-Of-Arms.


Grenada Coat-Of-Arms


Psst! Working his lips and tongue,

A shrill whistle resonated from his voice,

With the dexterity of an expert philanderer.

Somewhat ‘tipsy’, the sweet juice and potency

Of the sugar cane cocktail, began to ‘loosen’ his mouth,

As the ‘mountain dew’ took effect.

The beauty turned, smiled a customary smile,

And continued to walk on.

“Way you are going, gal? He questioned.

“To the Carnival.” She said.

“Bon Jay! Bacchanal!

Me soon come.” He responded. “Me soon come.”

Beating steel band (steel drums)


Grenadian Carnival


La Baye was frolicking on this sunny Caribbean morning.

Rainbows of colours lined the streets, markets; beach…

Tall plumes on exotic costumes; dances way impure;

Waists seriously seductive and suited to the bacchanal it was.

Mr Seducer moved into the crowd;

Shook his ‘butty’ and ‘wined’ for the Devil Itself.

Sipping his coconut juice, he moved in rhythm,

To the Soca and calypso steel-band.

He danced with passion between two ‘cuties’,

Hands around their waist, while experiencing

An epitome of revelry,

In this sweet warmth of Caribbean sunshine.

Green, gold and red flags waltzed with the carousing,

Signifying the fervour, spirit, warmth,

Vegetation and friendliness of the Island.

Mr Seducer partied and partied,

Way into the evening of that day,

A big step-up from his customary perch,

On that bridge where he initially called that girl.

Today he was frolicking, living his dreams,

Tomorrow will be time enough to worry,

About what that day is supposed to bring.

Manatita. Copyrighted 16th September, 2016.

Wined.’ (To dance with bended knees, using the waist and body copiously)

La Baye. A slang name for Grenville, a town in the Parish of St. Andrew's, where I grew up. I believe it's French for The Bay.

Grenada Carnival 2014


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threekeys 5 weeks ago from Australia

I found myself getting caught up in the breadth of colour and aliveness of the images you choose.

There was a personal edge of a different kind in this poem.

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always exploring 5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

I found myself back in Bermuda dancing the night away. I vacationed there in the 70's. This was a different treat from you and I loved it!

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manatita44 5 weeks ago from london Author

Ha ha. Well Three keys, I give you credit for asking for something like that. Took me away from the spiritual for a while. No bad thing, perhaps. That's what the guys do in the heat of the sun. Sit on the bridges and 'heckle' the girls as they go to college, go 'liming' themselves or shop.

Then I wanted to touch on carnival, music, The strong rum (sugarcane cocktail), our vegetation and agriculture to give you a small flavour of the island, only 110, 000 people and 121 sq miles.

So Ruby, you're an adventurer too. Nice. Let's go to Grenada next Year. Our Carnival is in August to avoid Trinidad and Brazil and last for a week. Great fun!

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billybuc 5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

I finally made it here. Sorry for the tardiness.

What struck me about this is it came alive on the page. I was hearing music and shielding my eyes to protect them from the starburst of color. In other words, YOU DA MAN!!!!!

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manatita44 5 weeks ago from london Author

Thanks a lot, Bro. Have a great weekend.

vasanthatk 5 weeks ago

Interesting poem and colourful images! Well done!.

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bravewarrior 5 weeks ago from Central Florida

Sounds like a lot of fun, Manatita. What does the carnival commemorate/celebrate?

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manatita44 5 weeks ago from london Author

Hi Vasanthatk. Still writing? Good to see you. Much Love.

Shauna I don't know really. In England they have Glastonbury. It is big but at least there is a mystical side to it. Carnival in the Caribbean, America and Brazil seems to be an excuse to socialise on a Bank Holiday, to get drunk or naughty; to revel what ever reasons people give.

If you look at the big Hindu and Eastern holidays, they are always associated with God or Lights meaning the Light of God in one form or another. The Kumba Mela have over one million people or more, but they go there with curiosity to see Saints or obtain blessings.

Our Christmas or Easter are the closest to Godliness, but as you know, much of it is commershalised these days. The Kumba Mela too, but at least they know why they are there.

Carnival is really a day or days of extreme frolicking and it is a means of attracting tourist and adding some income to the country. I wrote this because Threekeys wanted a sense of the Caribbean. Perhaps Gena's is much better. She does not have my kind of haughtiness. Ha ha.

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MsDora 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

I enjoyed the re-visit to the Caribbean. Both the theme and the dialect provide some fun.

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manatita44 5 weeks ago from london Author

Thanks Dee. St Kitts next? Have a great weekend.

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Frank Atanacio 5 weeks ago from Shelton

Green, gold and red flags waltzed with the carousing,

Signifying the fervour, spirit, warmth,

don't know why I love this two piece line mantita.. but it held with me even after I finished the read Frank

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manatita44 5 weeks ago from london Author

Then I am very proud of you. The colours are of our national flag. I was also telling ThreeKeys of the revelry; Warmth, vibrancy and friendliness of the people. Thanks Frank.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

Thank you for the poetic journey leading me into the carnival atmosphere and Grenada. Most creative to weave in the colors of the flag.

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manatita44 4 weeks ago from london Author

So you noticed? A deliberate act. I'm trying to give ThreeKeys a real flavour of my country. Thanks so much, Gypsy.

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Gina Welds-Hulse 4 weeks ago from Rockledge, Florida

I love it, Manatita! Carnival, Bacchanal, Festival....really brings everyone together, if even for just one day. In my home country these carnivals typically last for several days...and there a couple different ones. We just had one here in the city where I live, but I'm already looking forward to the next!

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manatita44 4 weeks ago from london Author

I believe that ours last a week and the intro called J'ouvert, I believe, takes a couple of days also. tell me how you are. Drop me a line. Much Love.

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Surabhi Kaura 3 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

Cool. Interesting poem. It actually paints a vivid image of the Carnival. Nice! I have never really visited their Carnival, but it's nice to hear about different cultures.

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manatita44 3 weeks ago from london Author

Most certainly not like Divali! The opposite. Anything goes. Can be a bit extreme. Great for the mind but far, far from the spiritual Heart. Ha ha. Thank you for coming. Much Love.

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