Treasure Island

Claude H Oliver II

(Nov.7,1948 / New York City)

Barbados Memories


Flying fish and cou cou
Lovely dish for me and you
Bakes and codfish cakes
Rice and peas and ginger beer
Sorrell, mauby, and coconut bread
Don’t forget fried plantains and mangoes too
If you’ve had too much to eat
And your stomach’s feeling weak
Then drink bush tea
To ease the queasy
These wonderful and simple delights
Gave strength to cut cane all day
And regain strength at night
This food was present in joy or sorrow
It gave the promise of tomorrow
Gave life to those who came before us.



May 18,2010

Submitted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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  • Almedia Knight-Oliver (6/5/2010 12:13:00 PM)

    Yum, yum, yum, this poem awakens tastebuds that I didn't know I had.Also, gave me a glimpse into the culture of Barbados. Thanks for sharing it...now I know what to expect- in term of food- if I ever visit the beautiful island of Barbados! (Report) Reply

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