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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

AN ODE TO WHERE WE CALLED HOME


An alphabet of history, nostalgia, and gratitude
For the roads and dams that dusted our feet,
The gutters and punt trenches that raised us
Koker dams, Sideline dams and Mango walks that fed us
As we walked and climbed and paddle and skid-addled
Rode and rode and rode
Many bicycles along the roads of
Annandale and Anna Regina, Adventure
Bachelor’s Adventure, brave as Buxton and Belladrum,
Better Hope and Beterverwagting called BV for short
Bagotstown and Bagotsville, Bushlot and Black Push Polder then to
Cove and John where daddy gone to Coverden and Clonbrook
Cornelia Ida, Corriverton Canje, swing bridge of yore
Dartmouth, Diamond, Den Amstel, Dalgin and Des Kendren
Everton and Eversham
Farm,Foulis and Friendship
Goed Fortuin, Goed Intent and Georgetown the capital,
Goedverwagting, Golden Grove and Grove with her stelling
Herstelling, Hubu, Hague and Happy Acres
Hope, Hopetown and Heatburn
Ituni and Ithaca, Imbaimadai and the infamous
Jonestown of Jim Jones fame
Kitty, Kwakwani, Kurupung and pork knockers with gold
Letterkenny, Lesbeholden, La Grange and Leonora with sweet, sweet sugar
then Leguan fair isle across the way, La Penitence, Le Repentir and Lusignan MalgreTout , Met-en-meer-zorg, Mahaica and Mahaicony the twins
with coconuts galore then Nouvelle Flanders, New Amsterdam, Nismes and Number 5 Onverwagt and Ocean View and Orealla
Parika, Port Kaituma, Peters Hall and Plaisance
Not forgetting Plantain Walk, Patentia and Pouderoyen where I was bred
Queenstown in Essequibo,Ruimzeight, Ruimveldt, Rosignol, Rising Sun race track, tracking Schoon Ord and Skeldon, Stanleytown, Stewartville and
Soesdyke’s white sand and Success !!
Triumph!!, Timehri, Turkeyen and Tiger Bay
Underneeming or is it Onderneeming, Uitvlugt if you can spell…..
Versailles from the French, Vergenoogen, and Vreed-en-Hoop
Our peace and hope from the Dutch
Winkle, Wales and Wakenaam, Weldaad with
XXXX much love and kisses till later because
Zeskendren and Zeelandia are at the end.

Audrey Ann Jones - December 9th, 2003


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