State of So­bri­ety

Jamaica Gleaner - - ARTS & EDUCATION - -Osakwe

Said preacher man on ra­dio “Old pirate turned planter turned mer­chant turned mem­bers of the North St Andrew cau­cus have once again moved to se­cure their power base.”

Days af­ter Con­stab­u­lary Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Net­work said he in Buck­field of un­sound mind at­tacked po­lice with stones, with knife Po­lice fired in defence Pro­nounced they he at hos­pi­tal, dead

Ama­teur video footage showed beat­ing with baton On ground de­fence­less With­out weapon Voice of woman said “Light him up!”

Trig­ger squeezed by po­lice Man writhed Ex­tra ju­di­cial Statis­tic Bal­lis­tic Hic, hic, hic Kilo­me­tres away

All-in­clu­sive in­su­lates Al­co­hol oblit­er­ates Party time, state crime Party time gyal wine, artiste says Show yuh navel ring, tongue ring, show yuh tat­too

Live some life while yuh young Long week­end What’s there to do?

Give some more to the few The few Old pirate turned planter turned mer­chant turned phil­an­thropic ven­tril­o­quist moves sub­tle as chameleon from down­town to the vil­lages with mes­sage of bor­row more, spend re­spon­si­bly

Long­est liver is the des­ig­nated driver Drunk on political rhetoric tee­to­taller with healthy liver ed­u­cated mind searches for jobs, more jobs

Won­ders which peo­ple are put first Col­lec­tive thirst for vine­gar Fer­mented cane goes East For sugar came we to these shores As thick as mo­lasses our an­ces­tors’ blood poured into ir­ri­ga­tion canals

Tea time, af­ter­noon siesta More sugar, less cream Kow­tow, smile, shuf­fle Now is the time Time is right

Smoke sig­nal, drum mes­sage turned text mes­sage, turned email, in­stant mes­sage Mes­sage in a bot­tle al­co­hol vol­ume in­creases, chal­lenges man­hood

Eman­ci­pa­tion Day broad­caster in Ocho Rios said, “We must be very clear in our minds about the sig­nif­i­cance of this day, this free­dom that we cel­e­brate... We must be­come our an­ces­tors.”

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