Silver Star - 3,159 Points (30/07/1958 / TRINIDAD and TOBAGO)

Trinidad And Tobago Carnival - Poem by ENOCH JOHN

Islands of these Caribbean waters that sparkle in earth's orb,
Like a kaleidoscope of colours in an artistic display of genius.We hear
A malady of intoxicating melodies which exhilarates, thousands
Worshipping at the shrine of steel pan at the Savannah,
Their bodies swaying like coconut trees caught in the Carnival gale
Of Monday's cadence, that ascends to the frenzied climax
of Tuesday mas.
O Caribbean Sea! Your waters dance like a troupe of Best Village belles,
Choreographed by the infectious rhythms of the sea-nymph Calypso, in Arima
San Fernando, Chaguanas, Scarborough and Port of Spain, where
Like a deluge in the rainy season, the carnival fiesta erupts as Soufriere's rage
With a million dancing feet and a symphony of celebratory sound,
Calypso, the nymph with braided locks, and her accouterments
over the wet sea has flown,
Over the wet sea she has flown and
In these prancing masqueraders 'en morphed', Abundantly
From the cup of Bacchus wine is poured forth and
In the streets of Port of Spain Bacchanal is a river. At J'Ouvert
Dawn the Rosy-fingered takes Orion as lover,
As with heartsome glee, Euphrosyne watches, and Demeter
With her fair dreadlocks, crowned as royalty, seduces Iasion
In the hollowed green of the Savannah while
Like a mystic masseur Minshall marshals his mas,
and Mayhem follows.

Comments about Trinidad And Tobago Carnival by ENOCH JOHN

  • Seamus O' Brian (8/23/2016 11:17:00 AM)

    Enjoyed this very much. Though I am familiar with Port of Spain, I have not been to Carnival. Now I have. Thank you! (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (2/16/2016 1:38:00 PM)

    Nicely done- you took your readers on a tour of the tropical life- thank you for the free ride (Report) Reply

  • (6/8/2015 7:44:00 AM)

    your images are so vivid

    In the streets of Port of Spain Bacchanal is a river.
    luv that line
    (Report) Reply

  • (9/17/2008 1:06:00 PM)

    Wonderful description of carnivale-I could see myself joining the parade of happy costumed revelers.You have a beautiful way with words.Your poems are a joy to read.Thank you for writting them. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 12, 2008

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