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We Were Children Together

ImageSmall we were once, we laughed, we played we rolled in the grass Got wet in the rain. Walked through gullies forbidden, Find paths that were hidden, Roamed the wild woodland. Swam the roaring rivers grand. Pulled sweet sugar cane from moving tucks as they passed along the plain. Made traps for barble doves, Cooked them in sardine tins, washed it down with water from the spring. Tickled each other until we felt the joy, the pain, the laughter, used each other’s toothbrush, Washed each other’s feet. We had no inhibitions, No secret ambitions. Free and spirited Grabbing all the joy life afforded.

 We grew a little more Stood up for each other so we could explore. Each experiencing individuality, as we grew to face our reality. Our paths changed, as we sought to create a niche in society to find our own identity. To support our basic financial necessity, A nurse, a teacher, an operator, an engineer, a doctor or a lawyer. Whichever and whatever path we choose we supported each other selflessly as we each took our course. We bloomed into adulthood, choose our mates some not so kosher, shhh, let me not commentate. Walked the path, we Created our fate and locked our gates Time seemed to be the master whatever was the disaster. Were there still seasons to be there for each other? Was there still time to give and make life better? We even wrote a few letters.

But somehow and somewhere Life proved it was a challenge. We got busier every day. Distance separated us in many ways. We let down the guard, we opened the avenues and the whiplash was wicked, the results inevitable. I miss the joy of your presence in my life. Not just to pay a bill or to pick up when I spill, but your influence sweet your spirit true, the best there is of you. I love you no matter what, that’s our life and we cannot change that. In spite of all there was, is and will be. We are bonded by our blood, cemented by our circumstances, preserved by our past, fired up for the future. We will make it and once again share heart felt laughter. Never to part, oh the sweet welcome from each heart, will be joy and joy forevermore.

 

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GiveThanks and Praise to Jah

Prelude: Psalms 68:4 “Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.” In other words always give the Lord your Creator thanks for everything. And do it, full of powerful vybez.

He made di birds and di bees Di flowers of di fields
Di rivers and di streams
“So wha?”
“Give thanks and praise to Jah!”
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

No badda complain when it no rain No badda get red when you noh
Have no bread
Tragedy come and tragedy go But a noh all di while things a go glow.
“So wha?”
“Give thanks and praise to Jah!”
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

Some go to school and dem play fool
Some go to college to get some knowledge
“So wha?”
“Give thanks and praise to Jah!”
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

I took a trip from Kingston to Mobay To see how, Home stay
Di bus wreck mi couldn’t get vex, But a got scared
Is a good thing I had prayed.
“So wha?”
“Give thanks and praise to Jah!”
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

You son die you had to cry I’m sure you ask Jah,
“WHY?”
But listen mi today that is just di price We all must pay
“So wha?”
“Give thanks and praise to Jah!”
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

Di wages of sin is death and is through Jah we blow dis breath
yet we sin everyday An we don’t wan pray
So thank Jah for today
Cause wha?
Is a day to give thanks and praise to Jah!
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

On di lighter side On the brighter side We all have gathered here
To give thanks for the year We need to pay homage in fear
“So wha?”
“Give thanks and praise to Jah!”
“To Who?”
“To Jah di Creator! To Jah di Way maker! To Jah di Provider!
To Jah di Peacemaker! To Jah di Father!
To Jah di Redeemer! To Jah di Deliverer! To Jah di Healer!
To Jah di Comforter! To Jah di Lover!”

Veronica Dixon Haase~~~vdh

Trees and Mountains Rejoice!

How long will I sit still

I  too have a will

The trees and mountains do rejoice

They made it their choice

In the happy morning light

They’re green  in greatness

They are firm in steadfastness

How long will I not praise

As do the trees and mountains

In their obedience to rejoice

They do make their choice

To forever motivate

The thoughts to elevate

How long will I not

Join with the mountains green

With the swaying trees

My praises serene

As do the trees and the mountains

In the light of heavens scene

Trees and mountains rejoice

I rejoice!

~~~~~~vdh