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Island Vibes

Updated on September 5, 2016
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Student of life, lifelong learner, mother, writer, artist, poet, dancer, musician, and martial artist ... passionate about all of these.

Jerk kabobs on the grill
Jerk kabobs on the grill | Source
Meat patties
Meat patties | Source
This conch salad is a favorite every year at this festival.
This conch salad is a favorite every year at this festival. | Source

Are you ready to party?

We are from the Caribbean!

We know how to throw a party!

The familiar sounds of steel drums waver through the air.

The aromas of curry and jerk sauce tickle my nostrils,

Teasing me onward to the origin of the divine scents.

Are you ready to party?

This seems to be the message being sent today.

A symphony of celebratory sound and smells

I love my country.

I love my culture.

I love my soca and calypso and reggae

I love carnival.

The music intoxicates me.

Deliciousness fills the air.

Love is the atmosphere.

A common love for the Caribbean culture, its music and its food.

The food feeds my body and my soul.

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With hot roti and roasted corn

Roasted breadfruit

Ackee and saltfish,

Patties

Coconut water

Conch salad with the blended flavors of sweet pepper, onions, garlic, lemon juice

Tropical drinks served in pineapple or coconut mugs

Colors show up in the strangest places
Colors show up in the strangest places

Warm winds

Flags of different countries represent, gently blowing in the wind.

Warm winds blowing on my face.

So, Gentle was the breeze.

"Lord have mercy,"

"Whats happening to me?"

My heart was filled with such glee,

As sunshine, beamed down on me.

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Color and Culture represented

Emblems of Bob Marley were not in short supply.
Emblems of Bob Marley were not in short supply. | Source

Dreadlocks, crowned as royalty

Dreadlocks, crowned as royalty

Dreadlocks fluttering behind like streamers.

Symbols of non-conformity for some,

And to some a sign of spiritual royalty.

To others, a sign of strength.

While yet to others, a political statement.

Color....color....color

Vibrant colors, red, yellow and green, emanating from clothing, the food and the landscape.

Flowers decorated the scenery, the environment.

The smell of the breeze from the nearby river is so captivating.

The sound of the seagulls sing overhead as if in response to the rhythmic beats of the music below.

Just captivating.

Feeling Hot Hot Hot! The ultimate summer soca song.

Infectious rhythms of the Calypso sounds

I could hear Sweet Reggae music play.

Everyone was dancing from soca, pop, to R&B.

The rhythmic sounds all around, just one big party.

The drums and soca play until everyone is feelin' hot! hot! hot!

Blame it on the music!

Just blame it on the music.

Bring the love!

Bring the heat!

Hips and arms sway to the beat.

Hearts melt in the heat as the soca music plays.



Sway and flow! Dip down low!

My body was made to sway and flow.

My body was made to dip low and reach high.

My body was made to move to the rhythms of the universe.

My heart was made to beat to the rhythms of the Caribbean sounds.

Soca....Calypso....Reggae.....Reggaeton

Watch me dancing and rolling my hips to the beat.

Listen to the beating of my heart.

It matches the wings beating in the air.

It beats to the rhythms of the crashing waves.

Feel the beat.

Listen to the smooth melodies of the calypso beat.

Feel the vibe and let your bodies move with spontaneous expression.

It will make you complete

And engulf you alive.

Have you ever been to a Caribbean Festival?

Have you ever been to a Caribbean Festival?

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© 2016 Gina Welds Hulse

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      Gina Welds Hulse 19 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Thanks, Ms. Dora. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you're well.

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      Dora Weithers 19 months ago from The Caribbean

      The sights, the sounds, the scents, the tastes--your poetry presents all of it, and I like it. Thanks for sharing!

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      Marlene Bertrand 19 months ago from USA

      Hello Gina!

      Yes. Indeed I enjoyed my time on the islands. I traveled via cruise ships so I was at the mercy of being a cruise ship tourist. Every two years, my family would have family reunions on cruise ships, so I have seen many of the islands, however only the islands that the cruise ships go to, like Labadee, St. Thomas, St. Maarten/St. Martin, CocoCay, Barbados, Martinique, and Curacao. Of course, the Cayman Islands is definitely on the list. There are others, but off the top of my head I can't think of them. Maybe one year, my family will break away from the cruise ship and just fly there directly. I'll put my vote in for traveling in time to see one of the festivals.

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      Gina Welds Hulse 19 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Hi Marlene. Thanks for visiting. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in the Caribbean.

      Which island did you go to?

      Carnival time or any Caribbean festival is a must-see, but they occur at certain times of the year, so you may need to plan your trip to coincide with a local festival or carnival.

      Trinidad has a HUGE carnival every year that occurs on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday......the same day as Mardi Gras. Other islands, like the Cayman Islands, have several throughout the year. The Cayman Islands, where I am from, has 3, in addition to the Pirates' Week Festival which now lasts for 11 days.

      They are so much fun!

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      Marlene Bertrand 19 months ago from USA

      This brings back fond memories of the times I have visited the Caribbean islands. I truly enjoyed my time there, and after reading your description of Island Vibes, I get the feeling I missed out on some things and still have a lot more enjoying to do.

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      Gina Welds Hulse 19 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      It's true, Manatita. I often surprise people when I start to dance to calypso music, as others usually see the collected, elegant, strong woman that is Gina. However, there is the side of me that has a fun spirit.

      Right now calypso music plays, and I prepare to go outside to do some yard work.

      I have a dear friend, also a lupus warrior, who lives in Brooklyn. She recently returned from Utica as a gift from her husband. She had a blast. ...and that outing was needed by her. Her outings seems to be hospitals and doctors' offices recently. Bless her.

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      manatita44 19 months ago from london

      You're feeling hot, my Sweet. One with a difference, but then it's Labour day, right? I was listening to the Mystic Rumi. What a contrast! Still, all have their place.

      I had a Green Card and whenever I stayed in Brooklyn in September, I would visit Utica and Eastern Pky. Dad entertained a lot, too! Great carnival spirit!

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