The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - By Rick Wayne

Sir Derek would be the first to ad­mit (with a shy gig­gle) that he’s a weeper. Lord alone knows how many times he may have shed tears dur­ing ex­cru­ci­at­ing in­ter­views by some soi-dis­ant Frost—Robert, not David—or by am­a­teur scrib­blers of ca­lypso rhyme con­vinced of their abil­ity to pro­duce their own Omeros or What the Twi­light Says if only they could tear them­selves away from car­ni­val.

Last week the 1992 No­bel Lau­re­ate for Lit­er­a­ture fea­tured on our front page, his face twisted with emo­tion as the gov­er­nor gen­eral, with gen­tle shoul­der taps of her cer­e­mo­nial sword, de­clared him Sir Derek KCSL.

In a re­lated ar­ti­cle pub­lished last Satur­day I im­plied that in his par­tic­u­lar cir­cum­stances that in­cluded Vaughan Lewis and Ms Lawrence Lau­rent, the newly knighted most revered son of the soil may well have been weep­ing for the land that gave him birth. (Of course, chances are he was sim­ply bored to tears!)

But trust Face­book’s “100

per­cent Saint Lu­cian” literati to of­fer their own spec­u­la­tions about why the uni­ver­sally renowned poet wept. Fol­low­ing, a small sam­pling:

Win­ston Mon­de­sir: I can only imag­ine what is go­ing on in his mind. From Matthew Har­ris: So why was this cap­tioned to the sug­ges­tion that he was cry­ing for the Na­tion . . . in

the STAR? (An­other typ­i­cal reader of head­lines only, never the ac­com­pa­ny­ing ar­ti­cle!)

Jes­sica St. Rose: Ohhh, wow! This

is sooo touch­ing.

Pretty Poi­son/How­ell: This photo looks like she’s about to take his head, at first glance.

And then there was the re­cently re­con­fig­ured Ja­dia JnPierre-Em­manuel: It’s the STAR, what do you ex­pect? Rick

will stoop to the low­est of lows!

Re­mark­ably, that’s ex­actly what is writ­ten about Vaughan Lewis in The

Rain­bow’s Edge by Da Jade’s fa­vorite au­thor, be­fore he and Lewis to­gether bathed naked in the restora­tive wa­ter un­der the bridge of the Cas­tries river. Be­sides, who bet­ter than Kenny An­thony’s fa­vorite mouth to pro­nounce on the virtues of low, low, stoop­ing low-low-low?

A con­trast in coun­te­nances: While Prime Min­is­ter Kenny An­thony and his front-row klan­beam pride­fully at the dub­bing cer­e­mony of the na­tion’s first KCSL, the look on Sir Derek’s face is any­thing but joy­ous.

SLP mouth­piece Ja­dia JnPierre-Em­manuel: Da Jade re­cently changed her po­si­tion but re­mains fiercely ef­fec­tive as a de­fender of the SLP faith: at any rate, of Kenny An­thony.

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