I want a Petro­jam cake for Christ­mas

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY - EVER­TON TYNDALE [email protected]­mail.com


I AM a grown man now, but I still have child­ish de­sires. I still rel­ish the ideas of birth­day hats, with bal­loons, trin­kets, starlights and, most of all, a huge black for­est cake. I love cakes, es­pe­cially those big, sweet cho­co­late ones with many can­dles.

Nowa­days, cakes come in var­i­ous shapes, sizes, tex­ture and tastes, but I have never eaten one cost­ing US$1,000 (J$128,000). Wow! That must’ve been huge and lined with bronze, sil­ver and golden fill­ing and trim­ming. Those in­gre­di­ents might have come from the Mid­dle East and soaked in spe­cial wines for cen­turies. I can just imag­ine the cost of ship­ping and han­dling.

While our politi­cians feast on ex­pen­sive cakes, our poor and most vul­ner­a­ble die of the lack of the most ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties. The rich have cer­tainly smoth­ered them­selves in the taxes of the poor and con­tin­u­ally ap­peal to sat­isfy their glut.

All I want for Christ­mas is a slice of that gold­filled cake, topped with cher­ries and whipped cream.

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