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Dennis Jones is a Jamaican-born international economist, who has lived most of the time in the UK and USA, and latterly in Guinea, west Africa. He moved back to the Caribbean in 2007. This blog contains his observations on life on this small eastern Caribbean island, as well as views on life and issues on a broader landscape, especially the Caribbean and Africa.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Can' beat dis!

We cannot forget Lightning striking for the first time. But wait. Wha' me a see?
Jamaican girls run and win one, two, three.
I'm sure that Torri Edwards flew and that it was a false start,
But the run started same way, Jamaicans performing pure art.

We wanted to make history and that we did for true.
When you look at the results you see we get one, two, two!
We see a tie for second, so we get one gold and two silver.
First time this happen? Yes, man, first time ever.

We want the anthem played three times.
We want to bawl and shed tears.
When the Jamaican flag rises up.
We want to see it fly for years.


Enough poetry for the moment, as we savour our own poetry in motion. Words cannot explain the feeling of seeing the two sprint blue ribbon finals run down by Jamaicans, and by massive margins--the winning margin for men and women was the same. Yam sales will soar. Bammy exports will triple. Jerk chicken will be on every child's menu. Pack naseberries in every lunch box. Banana and dumpling for breakfast must be the rule. I wonder how many church services were stopped in mid-sermon this morning, and might not yet have re-started.

Big up for Shelley-Ann Fraser (10.78), Sherrone Simpson (10.98) and Kerron Stewart (10.98). No need to discuss who should have been added to the team. You can't get better than taking the first three places. So, stop the nonsense about Veronica Campbell. Excitement mounts for the relays, now. Wow!

On the false start, the IAAF site shows that it was an optical illusion; Edwards reaction time was well within the accepted range (see site). Anyway, she came last, so no argument.

Jamaica will get so many kudos for these performances and we all know that today the world will not suddenly become like heaven but you have to hope that Jamaicans will feel inspired to grab hold of the wrong in their society and wring its neck till it has no more life to spoil the future for so many youth.

We can sell our lifestyle and our diet and hope that this will produce great sprinters elsewhere. We Irie! We cool! No problem! Cool runnings! But the secret is in many things. When you look deep into the stats you'll see Caribbean origins in many more than those who now wear the colours of the region. Without too much more analysis now, we are obviously doing something right in our little island lives.

1 comment:

ESTEBAN AGOSTO REID said...

SO TRUE! SO TRUE!