Jude denies Father Harvey

1 The big, black, local Roman Catholic Priest. The emphasis here is on Catholic. Yes, I was a good Roman Catholic a long time ago and attended a Catholic School (Secondary) for seven (7) years. Some part of my life has to be attributed to the Roman Catholic influence.  God bless my paternal grandmother who wrote text from the Daily Missal on the outside wall of the house and had a permanent Alpha and Omega in the yard.  Don’t judge me.

I remember D.V, my school principal and a Roman Catholic Priest. Thanks to him for helping me through Form 5 – 6. I remember Fr Harris, then parish priest at Holy Trinity Church, he is now Archbishop. He was parish priest when I did First Communion and Confirmation. I remember Gregory Augustine now a priest and Fatima Principal, then head of Confirmation at Holy Trinity Church. I remember the legacy of the Pantin brothers, Archbishop (one of them) and Servol (the other).

I also remember the romanticism of the idea by many a Catholic that one day there would be a black Archbishop in Port of Spain.

  • But Fr Harvey (The big, black, local Roman Catholic Priest ) – No, I do not know him (1st denial)

2. Sometime in 2011, a Roman Catholic priest got the Hummingbird Gold for “loyal and devoted service to the country”. His name was Father Clyde Harvey.

  • But Fr Harvey (The Patriot) – No, I do not know him (2nd denial)

3. T.T.D.C (Trinidad and Tobago Debates Commission) Member – Fr Clyde Harvey (2015). He is Chairman of Community Intervention for Transformation and Empowerment, South AIDS Support and the Morris Marshall Development Foundation. In other words, he works with T.T.D.C to develop our frail democracy (dais a big word – democracy) and he works in hot spots and with persons less fortunate than most.

  • But Fr Harvey (The Nationalist) No, I do not know (3rd denial)

I really do not know him so like Peter, this Jude might I add Benedict (yes, two Catholic names) denying him. While I don’t know him, I know of him. My question: Do you expect a gun toting youth between the age of 16 – 30 to know of him, to know him or to respect him enough not to rob him for 30 pieces of silver (or 50k ransom in 2017).

  1. You think they Catholic (meaning they have a fear of God)? Or that because he big, black, local or Catholic makes a difference?
  2. You think they patriotic, have some sense of self and country? You think they care about a Hummingbird award or if it gold? Gold yes, maybe if he was wearing it as a chain.
  3. They may be citizens but you think they nationalistic. They know about the T.T.D.C? It pains me because I think they should know about his work in their community and other communities similar to theirs but clearly they do not or did not care.

You see in this democracy numeracy and literacy free because of free education.  In this democracy that sometimes socialist and welfare like because the state does so many thing to take care of citizens.  In this democracy where long time is not long time. Religion, patriotism, and nationalism seem to be the relics of the movement for Independence, and we don’t own our Republic, this Republic.

In this democracy fellas age 16-30 dying every day as they perpetrate criminal acts or someone perpetrates a reprisal on them for a criminal act or less.   You seeing the “value” proposition?

Most of us don’t know Father Harvey but we know of him because our literacy and numeracy is our own.  We continue to read about them “the little black boys” as they do what they feel is necessary for their literacy and numeracy.  You reading express and counting your salary.   They reading your movements and counting your salary.

There is a script though, in fact several scripts that have captured our imagination and the imagination of our parents.  The Independence Script, The Republic Script, The Black Power Script.  These scripts were not necessarily and need not be written by government for the people.  It could be written by government with the people, or by the people and for the people with the government.

Who is working on the current script?  Not King James.  What is our real/perceived/present/future value proposition as trinis? Who needs to work on our script?  We all do.  Thanks to all of you for taking care of your own, so that you are not hanging your head in shame for the Act committed on Fr. Harvey.  Thank you for knowing him or of him, for the empathy or sympathy.  Who do we have to thank for those who denied him?   Peter? Judas? Jude? We?

In this democracy we are the government, we are the opposition, we are the patriots, we are the nationalists, we are the priests, we are the bandits and we are the victims.  We allplaying a role.  In the words of Bro Valentino’s Calypso “life is a stage and we are the actors, everyone has a part to play”.   We can’t wait for the play to unfold, but act to change the script.

Have a bless Corpus Christi.  Plant something for the future.


69 …our favourite position?

june 21 2014

Children dying left, right and centre, people say you eh writing, you eh have nothing to say. What is your position? I say 69, yes 69, that is my position, that’s not your favourite position two/ too? Shock, violation? Hear me out. But I stand by my position, dais how we like it. Somebody up-right, but somebody upside down, pleasure all how, but possibility of a little stench close and always lurking. I Ass-ume you know what I mean.

So how we get to this? Reverend Teelucksingh say “Something is definitely wrong, some evil force seems to have its eye on our babies. You better get down on your knees, you know. You better get down on your knees, we have to do it as a nation. We better watch this very carefully, it’s a new pain and agony and grief in the country,” The Reverend was referring to the number of young children who died under tragic circumstances recently. For the year there were 18 tragic deaths of children 12 and under. (Newsday Friday June 20th)

I agree with him you know, we have to pray, but I not sure about the evil spirit theory. This is a man-made situation. My theory is 69. A human created situation of pleasure, occasionally punctuated by pain/stench. How many times we see a person driving a vehicle with a child standing between the seat, or on a seat. How many times, we take a chance by the light (traffic), texting while driving, leave the car running to just grab something, drink and drive, drive without the seatbelt, have lighters around the home, matches around, leave children unsupervised, or supervise them to do wrong. I am guilty you know, I am not playing holier than thou.

Here is how the 69 theory works, we always on the outside looking in (reading the papers, listening to the news), and we are the upright (is there really an upright in 69 when some ass in your face). My child eh dead, and I cyar understand how you could let that happen to a child. What? How he could forget the child in the car? Ah mean! While we stand/lie/lay in the upright we getting a sense of pleasure because we escape, we have not erred, and escaped.

Are we really in a pleasure position? As we empathise and sympathise with the victims or the affected, are we in pleasure? Yes we are, always “claiming” to feel their pain, while their life turned upside down. The sad thing is we doh realise many times we do the same Ass ness that causes these incidents/accidents to happen, and that the stench/pain really closer than we think, so much so that some of us, every now and then get a scare, a faint or strong smell of the shit/danger that lurks. What do we do? We Stop. Change our behaviour for a bit. We may for a while, but for many back to the bad habit. Oh suhweet 69.

I predict (regrettably) that in the next two months there will be a domestic abuse season, a road traffic accident season, more killings, and the killing or robbery of some public figure that we love so much, ah “Dana” so to speak. I doubt that all or any of these will be due to some evil spirit roaming the land.

Much the same as the first half of the year we will continue to exist on the border of pleasure and pain/stench that has come to characterise our society. As I said I agree with Teelucksingh (we need prayers), coincidentally I also agree with a statement made by Archbishop Harris, he says “the vast amount of inequalities present in the country could be fuelling the violence in society”. Maybe I should change my position to a Missionary as it seems only religious people expounding and I seem to agree with their position.

What is your position?