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O Blessed Country in The Sun. A Love-Offering To ThreeKeys

Updated on September 23, 2016
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Love of Country

"Breathes there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd,
As home his footsteps he hath turn'd,
From wandering on a foreign strand!" - Sir Walter Scott (Lay of The Last Minstrel)

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O bless´ed country in the sun; Sovereign Isle of spice,

Your nutmegs, maces, bananas and cocoa,

Add to the sublime beauty of Your bougainvillea –

Vibrant rainbow-coloured ornamental vines --

Flora, lush green vegetation and charming beaches.

Grenada, O my Grenada, how I Love You so!

You are my sweet petite Paradise.

With Your vast indigo blue sky and crystal clear waters,

You have a soothing effect on all who embrace You.

You who gave birth to the seed of my longing;

Cradled and nurtured my tender Spirit,

You mean so much to me!

I laid under the shade of Your mango trees,

Told Anansi stories and drank the life-giving water,

Which spouted from Your natural springs and waterfalls.

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Aahh! My coconut juice; sweet sugar cane!

You tempted me with potent cocktails;

Had me spinning with delight!

Green, gold and red flags waltzed,

With the awakening of each new dawn,

Signifying the fervour, warmth, agriculture

And Spirit of the people.

Calypso, Road March, Steel Band and Soca,

Tantalised the atmosphere.

Mighty Sparrow, Kitchener, Rose, Arrow …

Cavorted to the bacchanal and dingolay.

Beloved Grenada, ever conscious of God,

Together we’ll aspire, build and advance as one people.


-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. Copyrighted, 22nd September, 2016.

The last two lines are paraphrased from the Grenadian Motto.

Bacchanal: A large, packed or crowded festivity (such as Carnival) with ecstatic revelry, carousing, food, drinks and rhythmical music, designed for ultimate sensory pleasure.

Dingolay: to dance in a joyful, yet provocative and focused way, to give your all to the music, making full use of the body. We sometimes call it ‘jump-up.’

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Grenada, West Indies, is an island in the Caribbbean. Dubbed the “Spice Isle,” the hilly main island is home to numerous nutmeg plantations, banana, sugar cane and cocoa. The capital is St. George’s, whose colourful homes, Georgian buildings and early-18th-century Fort George overlook narrow Carenage Harbour. To the south is Grand Anse Beach, with resorts and bars, and more towards the countryside is Bathway, another beautiful beach.

It consists of Grenada itself and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada is located northwest ofTrinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Grenada is also known as the "Island of Spice" because of the production of nutmeg and mace crops, of which it is one of the world's largest exporters. Its size is 344 square kilometres (133 sq mi), with an estimated population of 110,000. Its capital is St. George's. The national bird of Grenada is the critically endangered Grenada dove.

- A couple of paras from Wikipedia


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A little more about Grenada

Grenada was French from 1649 to 1763. They took it from the natives called Caribs and Arawaks, after which it was ceded to Britain, 243 years ago. Although we achieved Independence since and do have a Prime Minister, the Queen is still officially the Head of State.

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      manatita44 20 months ago from london

      You and I, un dia. Gratititude...lots.

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      Surabhi Kaura 20 months ago

      What a tribute to your native land! I commend you for this. Loved the imagery here... very articulative and well presented. Thanks for sharing the history of Grenada. Sounds like a good spot to relax.

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      manatita44 21 months ago from london

      As soon as I get the money, Dear. Working on it. (chuckle)

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      Sounds good to me! Are you buying?????

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      manatita44 21 months ago from london

      O my Sweet Shauna. How are you? Working too hard (smile) You need a little bit of the beach and palm trees plus coconut juice. Ha ha. A touch of the rum, perhaps. (chuckle) Much Love.

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      Shauna L Bowling 21 months ago from Central Florida

      What a beautiful country! No wonder you love it so. I could feel the love in your soul and pride in your heart as I read this wonderful poem, Manatita.

      Thank you for adding a bit of history as well.

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      manatita44 21 months ago from london

      Great! I'll come with you. let me know when you're ready. Thanks for the visit and nice comment Alicia. More higher blessings to you.

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      Linda Crampton 21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I would love to visit Grenada. The scenery and the culture sound very appealing. Thank you for sharing the information and the lovely descriptions, Manatita.

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      manatita44 21 months ago from london

      I'm sure you would, Ruby. Ha ha. I had some times myself. (smile) I thought of you when writing this one, but since it was ThreeKeys who initially asked me about the Caribbean, I wanted her to get both versions. Much version.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I love calypso music. Thanks for sharing. I would love to visit and dance the night away...

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      manatita44 21 months ago from london

      Thank you, Venkatachari M.

      I wrote another one for ThreeKeys on the subject so perhaps you remember that one. This one is a touch more poetic and covers pretty much the essence of the country. Your loving remarks are appreciated.

      Thanks Bill.

      When you go you will have some more ideas for your books, I'm sure. Lots of ideas there. Thank you so much!!

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never been there, but you just took me as close as I'm likely to get to this sunshine heaven. Thanks for the journey, my friend.

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      Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A beautiful presentation of Grenada, Manatita, my Bro. I learned a lot and I remember googling for Grenada some time ago, but can't recall the purpose behind it. At that time, I looked at its boundaries and its location in the map. Might be I read another article and wanted to know about it. You gave me the essence of it now in a rhyming style. Many many thanks for increasing my knowledge.

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      manatita44 21 months ago from london

      Bill says: "You're the man!" I say: "You're the woman, shanmarie!" In a loving sense of course. Yes, all are interconnected. So all else is truly impossible. Love you, shanmarie.

      Jodah, thanks a lot! So perhaps I'll come to Australia one day and you will visit Grenada, right. Ha ha. Too little time; so much to do! Higher blessings, Bro.

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This really took me to the Caribbean, manatita. Thank you for taking us on a wonderful journey to the Spice Isle. I learnt a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the poem.

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      shanmarie 21 months ago

      Nice imagery in this one! It's like being there to experience the beauty of the country and the pride of its people. I also enjoyed learning a bit about Grenada. It has always fascinated me to learn about other places and cultures. In a world where society says we're supposed to be so politically correct and colorblind. . .that's just impossible. Why not embrace the diversity and learn about it and from it while treating everyone with respect and dignity?

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