When yuh live long enough, yuh does learn plenty things. Fuh example, I now know dat political parties got “souls”! According to former PM Owen Arthur, de BLP has lost its soul; so he gine long bout he business and resigning after 43 years, leaving a poor Vendor to ponder pun many things.
But like de song say, there are more questions than answers; and today I looking fuh answers!
Question: what exactly was de soul of de BLP? Can somebody define dat fuh me? How do you get this soul? Through baptism?
And in losing it, does dat mean dat de body dat is de BLP has sinned and is therefore in need of confession and some penance and absolution? Yuh see, if de party did Catholic, I woulda suggest confession at St Patrick’s Cathedral, and then some “Our Fathers and Hail Marys”; but I not sure what persuasion dis party dat loss it soul is.
If Owen Seymour Arthur was still de leader, would de BLP have a soul? Yuh got to mek out de case; and so far, Owen, nobody I talking to seems to know wha soul you talking bout!
I tried drinking couple Extra Olds in de hope dat de spirits would enhance my thinking and cognitive attributes, but they only succeeded in meking me drunk!
But a bright idea emerged; so I decided to seek guidance through prayer from de patron saint of Owen’s constituency and prayed to St Peter. After all, if anyone can help me find clarity, it would be Peter; cause it is of him dat de Lord said, “I gine build my church upon dis rock.” But i getting
I hearing passages and trying to contextualize them: “a house divided against itself cannot stand”, “let he who is without sin cast de first stone”, “as the Father sent me, so am I sending you”. De Vendor getting more confused and can’t read Peter’s bowling; so again I reflected and pondered pun things.
De general secretary of de DLP, de Honourable Minister of International Trade Donville Inniss say dat Owen leaving de BLP was like a tsunami for de party. So I check next de Book Of Apocalypse: “Very soon now, I shall be with you again, bringing the reward to be given to every man according to what he deserves. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Now I think I seeing de light li’l better, and de way I see it, everybody gine get what he or she deserve –– Lawd have mercy! But i li’l worried bout de last part: I am de first and de last, de beginning and de end!
Another voice ringing out in my head: “For whom de bell tolls? It tolls for you.”
Not me, not Market Vendor, please. Let dat bell toll fuh Donville, Richard, John, George, Denis, Freundel and dem. Give all politicians their just rewards; don’t hold back Peter. Let them have whatever them truly deserve; and if it is a tsunami, then so be it!
After all de prayers, all de spirits and reflections, I still can’t understand where de soul of de BLP was lost. Was it lost in de Gems of Barbados project, de ABC Highway expansion, Kensington Oval and Cricket World Cup, Greenland Landfill, de Al Barack building, flyover project? Where?
And de next question: will de DLP lose its soul pun de 60 per cent increase in water rates, de increase in land taxes, VAT, de removal of allowances, de 3,000 layoffs, the 17.5 per cent VAT or de latest money grab de Municipal Solid Waste Tax? Will Owen remain an Independent, or will he soon be MIA! Missing in action!
I Market Vendor gone fuh now. You have a blessed and a wonderful day yuh hear?