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Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus

Carried through many nations and over many seas

advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,

I arrived, brother, for these wretched funeral rites

ut te postremo donarem munere mortis

So that I might present you with the last tribute of death

et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.

and speak in vain to silent ash,

Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.

Since fortune has carried away from me you in the flesh

Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,

Atlas, poor brother, unfairly taken away from me,

nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum

now in the meantime, nevertheless, these things which in the ancient custom of ancestors

tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,

are handed over as a sad tribute to the rites

accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,

receive, dripping much with brotherly weeping.

atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

And forever, brother, hail and farewell.

Adonais written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Monday, December 02, 2013

Errol Walton Barrow, The Statesman

(In Terza Rima)

Errol Walton Barrow, the Statesman

Found island a garden of villages,
Father of Barbados' Independence,
And plantations steep with British linkage.

1950, Barrow with contestants
Campaigned with vigor, for the St George seat
Which he captured, the House felt his presence.

Lawyer/economist was hard to beat
His platform, for progress and for reform;
The other side of the aisle was his meat.

Veteran of WW2 did transform
The evil laws that ruled this great island
That flowed with colonial chloroform.

The folds and wrinkles on the land he ironed
Out, left by self-serving occupiers;
From his vineyard, fruits we eat have ripened.

The poor no longer seen as pariahs
By invaders surfing with blue-box gang;
The poor with the rich now are land buyers.

On his legacy Barbadians cling;
This independence needs no queen or king.

© Paterika Hengreaves

January 19, 2010/Husbands, St James


Ruahines said...

Kia ora Paterika,
What an inspirational man, we need more like him. Kia kaha.

Marja said...

Interesting to read about such a great man in such well expressed words. I hope you had a good celebration of his day


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In plenty and in time of need
When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
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Of what it has withstood
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For past three hundred years.
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E Ihowā Atua,
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Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai

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Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
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Meinga kia kore kau;
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Tōna noho, tāna tū;
Iwi nō Ihowā.
Kaua mōna whakamā;
Kia hau te ingoa;
Kia tū hei tauira;

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God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
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Working out Thy glorious plan,
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God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen.
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Long to reign over us:
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Patricia (aka Paterika) obtained her post-primary education at the SDA Secondary School in Barbados and its affiliate College (Caribbean Union College) in Trinidad and Tobago. She graduated from Shaw College of Business, Toronto, Canada in 1969. She received the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) scholarship in 1976 to study Teacher Education at McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 1980. Also, the British Council Award to study Information Technology at Tresham College, Kettering in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom in 1991. She published her first book of poems in 2005 while in New Zealand. Her flair for writing came to the fore in the many articles she wrote for “Image”; a magazine published by the Police Wives Association of Barbados (PWA) during the late eighties and early nineties.

Her community outreach activities stemmed from her involvement with the Lions Club North of Barbados as one of its Secretaries and where she worked closely with the Education Committee of that Club. She is a founder member of the Police Wives Association of Barbados. She held for a long time, the post of Secretary before becoming one of PWA’s Presidents.

Patricia started her career as a young teacher in the Primary School System of Barbados. This career-span lasted more than forty years. During her career climb, she took time off for study-leave and travel. Her many years spent in academia allowed her to hold the position of a Primary School teacher, Secondary School teacher, Head of Business Studies, Chief Examiner for Caribbean Examinations Council, Education Officer seconded to the Division of School Management and Supervision in 1993 to the Barbados Ministry of Education. In 1997, she returned to her substantive post of Tutor at Erdiston Teachers’ Training College, a position she held for seventeen years. Patricia’s classroom teaching has been influenced by the philosophy of constructivism. She is a proponent of curriculum integration and believes that themes are the fusion blocks for it, and that it requires the use of thematic lesson plans and topic webs. Now Tutor Emeritus she devotes much of her time to travel both local and overseas and to writing in the muse.

Patricia writes under the pseudonym of Paterika Hengreaves. In her voluminous book of poetry, Volume 1 was published in New Zealand in 2005 whereas; Volume 2 was published in 2007 by AuthorHouse, USA. In each volume she has poems which depict such forms as the ballad, cinquain, epic, haiku, ode, pantoum, paradelle, senryu, sestina, sonnet, tanka, terza rima triolet, villanelle and free verse. She has developed a new poetic form called the Hendianne Sonnet found in Volume 2. This Hendianne Sonnet is made up of three quatrains and an ending couplet with all the verses written in Iambic Pentameter. The first quatrain introduces the theme or problem. The next two quatrains provide the resolution. A “twist” comes at the beginning of the last quatrain. This turn signals a change in the tone, mood or stance of the poem. The end-rhymes in each verse follow a determined rhyme scheme. The influence of the Shakespearean Sonnet can be seen in the structure of the Hendianne Sonnet.

Paterika speaks passionately about her poetry. The intended purposes of her poetry is to bring pleasure reading to all members of the family; to enhance the capabilities for self-instruction in the various poetic genres, and to provide a ready assortment of classroom support materials for constructivists educators in the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of the education system. She equates the success of her undertaking in terms of the achievement of any one of these goals.

It is not at all surprising to see that her career has enormous impact on the layout and purposes served by her poetry book. The visual impact of this book of poems is truly marvellous. Paterika is an artist “par excellence” who has a rare gift of painting picturesque scenes with words steeped in such imagery and thought that her readers feel compel to visit each poem again and again. Since 2005 on World Diabetes Day, Paterika has given donations from the proceeds of the sale of her poetry book to the Diabetes Association of Barbados.

Poetry For All Seasons: Poems, Forms and Styles by Paterika Hengreaves


It is a poetry book for teachers and persons who find much pleasure in reading poetry in its various genres. All the poems in this delightful book carry with them comments and relevant notes from the poet. These poems and commentaries should provide useful resource materials for classroom instruction; for persons who wish to horn the skills of writing and the reading of poetry on their own, and for persons who like to read poetry for the pleasure it brings.

Poetry is one of the ways educators have at their disposal for integrating concepts across Language Arts, Social Studies, Business Studies, Natural Sciences, Natural History, Mathematics, Home Economics, Health and Family Life, Movement and Dance. In this book, educators are sure to find themes which relate to aging, animals, birds, celebrations, communications, death, entertainment, the environment, exploration, horticulture, health, insects, leadership, leisure, legends, marketing, manufacturing, myths, seasons, specialization, technology, tourism, travel, waste management, water. The list is by no means exhaustive. So, in a remarkable way, this poetry book accomplishes three main goals:

1. A textbook for teaching poetry

2. A resource book for constructivist teachers,
tutors and instructors

3. Pleasure reading for all members of the family

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Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication Date: September 2007
ISBN: 9781434306708
Pages: 200
Pictures: 23
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pound
Type: Paperback

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