O Blessed Country in The Sun. A Love-Offering To ThreeKeys
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)
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.
Grenada and flag
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.’
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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