POEM: What Does Independence Mean To Me


As I drive through St Johns & feel the breeze blowing by ……..
My heart feels thrilled to see our national flags flying high.
The flag’s colour  & design is a spectacle to see
It creates a great feeling & makes Independence very special to me.

Now….. reflecting back to Nov 1st  of 1981,
When our leaders broke the shackles from that country called Britain
Thank God, we are no longer govern, by the colonial powers that be
This is why Independence will always mean alot to me.

Oh Yes, we now have our own our flag, and own our own passport;
We make our own laws, to govern at heart.
We have our own military, to protect our sovereignty
Surely, Independence will always be sentimental  to me.

Now, when we  stand to attention to our national anthem;
It shows respect & allegiance to this beautiful nation.
And when we take time to exercise our civic duty
Shoudn’t Independence be always pleasing to me?

Furthermore…… look at our ladies, flaunting their madras with pride
And the men showcasing their national colors at the women’s side
Look at our school rallies, it is so beautiful to see
It just makes Independence even more meaningful to me.

Of course, you just might share a different view
Yes, I am referring to you you & you
But when Antiguans are known for nyaming saltfish & fungee
I cant help but make Independence  spectacular for me.

Certainly, our heroes in my view, cannot be forgotten
Persons like King Cort, George Walter & the father of the Nation.
When we hear stories of Lester,  teacher Nellie & our living hero, Sir Vivi
I will admit, that all this make Independence extremely wonderful for me.
So, as a proud Antiguan  i will certainly say
That i will defend this country any day
Antigua & Barbuda is where my heart will always be
Bcuz it’s a sweet little paradise which means the world to me.    



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    On the 41st anniversary of our Political Independence:
    “Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom, and with all thy getting get understanding.” Proverbs 4: 7 KJV

    “God and Nature made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.”

    “A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

    Everything in life is related to STEM and business.
    Our education system MUST PRIORITIZE STEM – the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics- and business curriculum powered by our OECS and CARICOM creative Arts (consciousness) in EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL and INSTITUTION year-round – in school, after school activities, summer.

    Our economic growth and social development REQUIRE that transformation to STEM and business, Pre-K to Tertiary, from the colonial education for elite management and unskilled labor.
    We must get rid of our STEM INFERIORITY COMPLEX! STEM is achievable and rewarding for everyone, man and woman.
    We must want to know STEM and business principles so that we can apply the knowledge mixed with our talents and entrepreneurial spirit to start and build business enterprises and get things done to produce something of value.

    “Don’t wake up dead,” (Sugarapple) – mentally, physically, spiritually – and the words , ‘Thanks, I’m alive’ can be on our personal placard everyday for the rest of our lives.
    HEALTH CRISIS, yesterday, today and tomorrow!
    We must improve our health and strengthen our immune system.
    Develop a Culture of Health. EAT BETTER and EXERCISE MORE, so that we can TAKE CONTROL of our health and be better together.
    Plant, Eat and Trade – PET action! – fresh Fruits and Vegetables.
    Grow Herbs in the garden and use them.
    “You have only one mind and one body. Take care of them now, especially if you’re young for the rest of your life.”
    “You are what you eat.”
    “The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth, and he that is wise will not abhor them.”
    “Health is Wealth. Wealth is not Health.”

    And now, this perspective by Jasper (Bobby) Scotland, a chartered accountant, economist and public servant, on our Nation just before he passed over: https://www.forevermissed.comJasper(Bobby)Alexander Scotland(1938-2022).
    Tribute to Jasper (Bobby) Scotland – His life and service by Sir Rodney Williams.
    In my view, Jasper (Bobby) Scotland is awarded posthumously the ‘Order of Excellence’.

    Save our Humanity, Save our Youths, Save our Environment, Save our Soil!!!!


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