Monday, October 16, 2006

To the sea to see...

I walk to the sea yesterday, Sunday morning, just to see what I could see. The sun had a hangover and didn’t even peep out through she curtains at the usual wake up time, so it was a shady, grey walk.

I hop the few steps up to the top of the seawall. I look and smell and feel…feel the warm ‘n’ cool salt air trembling by. From the road I get a faint whiff of carbon. They should pass a law - every car, truck, jeep, cow, cat that poops too much carbon must clean up theyself, I grumble.

The tide was low, waves swipsing, swipsing slow to shore, to patches o’ smooth, hard sand that look like glazed, dark chocolate on cake.

Nothing new, nothing new, regular Sunday Hindu bathers with they giant water lily leaves, fruits and incense in the brown sea; a single white bird skimming over the tiny, li’l frothy, frills of waves; bird and frills looking like one.

I pass a man walking with a woman. The man lean and keen, slim ‘n’ trim with clean dark skin, white teeth laughing.

Hey! He look like. No. It can’t be. No way.

Just two inches from me I coulda reach out and touch and…no way is not him.

He gone past, talking, laughing.

I stand and stare at he back. I look down at a fella in a brown hood sweater, jog-walking on the road side o’ the wall. He looking at me looking at the man. He dark face, big eyes know that I know that he know.

I point and ask, “That fella. He look like Eddy Grant. Was him?”
Eddy Grant, Guyana-International singer.

The fella nod, one nod, he so cool and me so excited like a fool.

Darn, I think, I coulda just reach out and say, “Hey Eddy, what’s a star like you doin’ in a dull place like this? What make you bring Mick Jagger here, and what make him come back one time, two times and more? Hey Eddy, I love your songs Joanna and Baby come back. And my sister is your biggest fan, she would bop to Electric Avenue any ol’ time…I swear I did hear it on CNN one day. And oh, Eddy, anytime you want more voices to add to the copyright fight here, ask me. But Eddy, what’s a big star like you doin’ in a li’l place like this?”

But I didn’t even say keh.

I head on east, remembering how a successful Jamaican artist did say to he business friend, he hope Guyana never get too developed, and the business friend say quietly, “I know what you mean, me too.”

I know what they mean, they hope that we get economic growth but they don’t want to see huge, horrid buildings sprouting; they hope we keep the rustic charm.

Now the sun wake, she peep out. Just underneath, the little frills of waves fluttering like white-gold wings, fripsing, fripsing to shore, heading for the platinum pool o’ water.

Sometimes I does go to the sea just to see what I can see.

45 comments:

Guyana-Gyal said...

The link that won't post in this blastid blog, argh: http://caribzones.com/icerecordseddygrant.html

Reluctant Nomad said...

You do know, I am sure, that 'Joanna', is a song about Johannesburg, South Africa? It was banned there for a while.

DaveM said...

Eddy Grant.... I heard he was also a very good squash player. Not just one talent eh.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Yes, Nomad, I thought of mentioning it, then didn't, I wanted to see what you'd say :-) I didn't know it was banned from St. Africa though.

Check out the link, Davem, you'll see lots more.

PI said...

Aren't you the lucky one?
Is your sea brown? You know poets talk of 'wine dark sea' bur I have seen every shade of blue and green but never 'wine dark sea'.
Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place.

Caribbean Colors said...

Development is happening here in Belize, mostly on Ambergris Caye's San Pedro Town, but also, almost overnight the Placencia Penninsula has exploded with some ginormous all inclusive resorts in the making. I hate to see it. Once I got here I wished they had slammed the door shut behind me. That's the way it is. Here on Caye Caulker they don't make is so easy to develop. You have to submit a plan to the Village Council and new properties have to put in their own waste water treatment plant since we don't have municipal water treatment here. A foreigner also has to get a letter of permission from the Caye Caulker Village Council to get their work permit, even a foreign invester's permit. And that's o.k. with me. Those that are meant to be here will be able to survive the gauntlet, those that aren't meant to be here go home broke and discouraged I guess.

beenzzz said...

GG, you see Eddy Grant? Wow! I remember Electric Avenue. Glad the sun finally come out and the day didn't end up dark and dreary. You see any other celebrities in Guyana lately?

Robin said...

Eddy Grant! a big wow! from me too
I've actually driven along electric avenue listening to him sing that very song on the radio at the same time, I thought that was an incredibly 'cool' coincidence at the time..well I still do
reluctant nomad is right, 'joanna' is an anti apatite song and didn't go down at all well with that disgusting regime

cadiz12 said...

just goes to show that going to the beach when it's not necessarily gorgeous could still mean you'd get to see a star.

now i'm going to have electric avenue in my head all day.

Kat Campbell said...

Eddy Grant, wow, one of my favorite singers, I always wondered what happened to him. I recognized that "uh huh, no way" moment too. Me and Pap saw Bryant Gumble at the airport snack bar once and just stood like goons arguing over whether it was or wasn't. We're such rubes sometimes!

Robin said...

Yep, I knew it, electric avenue's been going round my head all night

but now I think joanna's nudging it out and taking over

Anna said...

Your sand is chocolate brown? Oh how lovely! You're right: someday they're going to build so much that there's no nature left... it's just so, wrong.

Stunner said...

That description sounds wonderful! Girl yuh need fi get yuself a digital camera and take some pics of those wonderful scenes!

Essequibo said...

eh eh but wait...Eddy Grant living in Guyana. Why didn't I get that memo? Not that I knew where he actually lived...just thought it was elsewhere.

I love Electric Avenue...that takes me back.

And now thinking about it...Guyana does have a nostalgic charm to it - you feel like you are almost in another time...at least I remember it that way...

...that might just be me though, over-romanticizing my youth.

Modern Viking said...

Hmm... Reminds me of the time I found myself on Miami beach with Zhang Ziyi, the cute Chinese girl from all those movies. I was too surprised to say anything. Oh well, what could I say? Nothing she hasn't heard before.

Mad Bull said...

I like Eddy Grant! He is great. Whats the purpose of the sea wall, to keep the sea out?

Mighty Afroditee said...

Hey! I did bounce up on Eddie G. when I was bouncing 'round Barbados once.

Did get toungue tied, stuttered, and sang Electric Avenue for two weeks after. Sigh. Dem was de days. Breakdancing to Electir Avenue...Sigh.

Hayden said...

the best reason of all to walk down to the sea is to see....

thanks for giving us a peek at your sea.

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Wish I could go there... sun gone into hibernation here

Gishungwa said...

you have a way with words, makes me feel as though i were with you. I could smell the salt air and the hangovered sun LOL
you write well.

Anonymous said...

what a delicious post GG.
a sea of chocolate on one side and a pop star on the other.
somehow you keep your artistic independence.
a thorough straight down the middle professional.
good luck finding a publisher!

Zee S. said...

Electric Avenue...ahh memories...wonderful Guyana memories...love dat song...Girl your words paint great pictures...no photos necessary.

ML said...

I remember seawall. Wow that you saw Eddie Grant! You wonder why he would come back to a lil place like Guyana? Home is where the heart is, Gyal.

Stephen Bess said...

First, I used to love Electric Avenue by Eddie Grant! I had no idea that he was from Guyana?? It's funny how we (especially when we're kids) assume that people are from here in America just because we hear them on the radio here. By the way, I agree that change/progress can have a negative affect. The small town that I finished high school in North Carolina has lost much of it's small town charm because of "progress." They even have crime statistics now. Sad. Great story as always.

Quick said...

I especially like the last para about the white-gold wings fripsing fripsing.

It's also post that makes me curious about Guyana, once again.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Quick, I once went to a town in Oz...Dunedoo...Dunnedune...don't remember the exact name...it's about 100 years old, a one motel town with one light on the motel...that town somehow reminded me of here. With brown ocean and litter added. I love Dunnedoo because it's old BUT CLEAN.

That's the thing that burns me Stephen, how the buildings here are not monitored...I don't see why we can't have a plan.

ML, I've heard he's putting in a lot of investment here, makes us happy, hopeful.

Thanks again Zee, Anon and Gishungwa, encouragement really pushes me to keep trying :-)

Zin, sometimes I long for cool, grey days, oh ungrateful me.

I thought of you by the sea, Hayden.

Hello Mighty Afroditee, heyyy, welcome. Barbados. I love that island. Man, I just love the Caribbean. Many superstars go to B'dos, I've heard.

Well MB, we're a whole lot below sea level...the seawall is to keep the sea back :-o hope it stays strong.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Viking, you tongue-tied? Nah nah, no way, can't imagine that :-)

Essequibo, it really can be a sleepy place...some folks grumble that it's not fast moving like 1st world countries...they don't realise that every place has it's own charm / character. I heard Eddy Grant lives in Barbados.

Aww Stunner, thanks. I try to paint pictures with my words :-)

Anna, you should see what happened to Ocho Rios in Jamaica!! Too much modernisation and lost charm. Planners really should learn to keep the character of a town.

Heh, I love star-spotting, Kat. Not that I've been up close to many.

Cadiz, no real beach, mostly brown strips of sand...we're so below sea level. The sea at high tide comes right up to the wall.

Robin, I wish I could see you boppin', man :-D Hey, I didn't know there really is an electric avenue.

Well Beenz, I've heard Mick Jagger's been here a few times...and long ago, Evelyn Waugh, Brit. writer.

Pat, our ocean is like a chameleon...takes on the colour of whatever's going on...sunset, sunrise, grey sky, black, silver-white, gold, murky brown.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Caribbean, I love what you say is happening in Caye Caulker...it's the way towns should be developed...I don't know if anyone here will understand how important it is to monitor the development of towns, cities, the environment.

I guess it's up to us citizen to campaign for things like this.

Problem here, people take bribes...so even if monsters are not allowed to be built, you'll suddenly see them going up.

Robin said...

Oh yes! electric avenue is in the district of Brixton, London, it has always had a large Afro-Carribbean community. Electric Avenue is so called because it was the first street to be 'electrified' in london, it is now the venue for the colourful Brixton market, Eddy would have known it well.

sandy said...

Oh GG I did enjoy your walk by the sea, I could see it all. Beautiful!
Especially "frills of waves fluttering like white-gold wings, fripsing."

And oh gosh so close....and speechless. Aw but you saw him.

Charles said...

Ahhh the sea....I spent a weekend on the north coast two weeks ago your post brought back pleasant vivid memories.

Irie Latino said...

GG, a lot of things are wrong with Ocho Rios but it still has charm and I keep hoping....
I remember the Sea Wall from about six years ago on a sales trip. I took a very short walk from the Pegasus one night and folks were out there strolling around in the night. It was too dark to see the brown colour of the sea but I could see the water and the horizon even in the dark and I just kept thinking "Wow, never thought I'd ever be in Guyana looking out at the Atlantic!" That and a big raatid dead Anaconda looking snake in the middle of a road on the other side of the Demerara were my most vivid memories. Is there a number people can call if their car breaks down on a road like that and they're too scared to get out of the vehicle?

Guyana-Gyal said...

LOL Latino, did the car go bump bump when it ran over the snake? Most folks, when they travel here, they usually have contacts with someone...the place they rent the car from, the hotel they're staying at, somebody. I honestly feel the developers did a bad thing to Ochie. I'd sell Portland to tourists any day. And St. Elizabeth. I've heard that Chris Blackwell did a fabulous job in Oracabessa, I haven't seen it. The architect was influenced by Guyana.

Charles, I miss the blue sea of Jamaica.

Sandy, I can't swim but I have this deep love for water...river, sea, lake, creeks. Bliss.

Bless you Robin, that really was interesting. I never knew, I thought it was some fictitious place.

Marion said...

"waves swipsing, swipsing, slow to shore"

I will never again be able to walk on the beach without hearing those words.

And I always find something interesting to see when I walk along Ocean, River or Lake.

Thank you for this post!

Ale said...

when you go to sea to see things you definitely WILL.

Olivia said...

Yeah, how come Guyana doesn't have a blue sea?

My Mum and I read your blog this weekend. She LOVES it, and we laughed till we cried. I even found her the lake of dhal story!

Leon said...

Rather long post. I honestly didn't read all of it. But I read enough. Nice.

Guyana-Gyal said...

I've seen longer, Leon, but thanks anyway :-)

Hahaaa, Olivia, I was wondering how your weekend with your mum went, I'm so glad she was happy. HELLO OLIVIA'S MUM!!

Yes, Ale, nice boys and so on :-D

Hello Marion, welcome...and thanks for the good words. It's true about water, isn't it? Always healing.

Olivia said...

Oh poo, you just reminded me I forgot to call my mum today. She's back home now...
I will tell her you said hello, though! And I think she will remember your address. When I typed it in the address bar, she exclaimed, "Sapodilla?!?!?"

dawn said...

G.G; Hey gurl. Sorry, I haven't been by. Got new computer, dsl and working on Nov's issue of the site. Hope you got my email about the article, which is bloody good. The article that is. Just googled you for the site addy as I am on the new computer and trying to transfer all of my files including email.
Hee. Hee. I just responded to a May Post. funny. I did a search for you on my new computer and that post came up. Thinking it was timely, I responded to it. Then I thought, wait a minute, maybe it is old and sure enough, it was. ha. ha. so ignore it.

anyhow, hope all is well your way. Going to read to catch up on what you been up to. Have a great day. dawn.

dawn said...

When I was about 4, my father used to go to the sea (I vaguely remember the sea wall, GG) to see what he could see - with me sitting atop his shoulders. I often wonder what he did see. I know what you mean G.G- I had a precious lake when I lived in Toronto - I went there also to see what I could see. She is full of my thoughts and dreams - the precious lake that is. dawn

Dr. D. said...

I like the simplicity of this post...yet it is very nice to read!

Trundling Grunt said...

You saw Eddy Grant - I am jealous. Yes, it's nice sometimes to just go and see what you can see as there are always surprises to be had.

You write good stories. Warm.

Dan Flynn said...

"ahm gonna rock down to Electric Avenue..." Ah, what a song. I've never rocked down to Electric Avenue though I've walked it length many a time. Great market in Brixton. Lots of plantains, sweet potatoes, ackee, scotch bonnets, and the fish shops laden with red snapper, groaning with sea bass and mussels and squid and prawns and cockles... the indoor market... hmm hmmmm hmmmmmmmmmmm.

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