” Punch ” … A Poem written & performed by Big Virge

Well folks, another month has passed, and as usual currently, just enough crazy things have happened to leave me feeling, a little punch drunk, with all that I am hearing & seeing to be standard actions in this world of ours.

Politicians backstabbing and deceiving one another !!!

Elections coming here in Barbados, and many seem to be saying the same as was said by quite a few people in the US, before Donald Trump became President.

If Freundel’s crew retain power here, heads are talking about Canada as a safe haven.

Well, what I will say is that on the surface, it looks like one of the better countries to be in at the moment.

However, is anywhere really safe and prosperous these days ?

America & England do not exactly offer safe havens to go, unless you are willing to ignore the social issues that currently surround living in either country currently.

Money Money Money though, still has people acting funny !

Desperation is almost like a new breathing apparatus for the majority, as prices continue to rise, whilst wages are not rising at quite the same pace.

Trouble’s a brewing, and as said, the political ring has the Punch Drunk feeling being thrown around, however, Meghan & William did their thing over the weekend, with a whole heap of pomp and ceremony.

It’s always interesting to me, to see how celebrities who claim to represent art that should influence peoples’ perceptions of say, everything from Capitalism, to, Historical Wrongs that have been suitably covered up, yet, they are quick to accept an invitation from one of the biggest, if not THE BIGGEST, family of colonialists, who, in no small way have contributed to not only, the inequalities of this world, through their legacies of brutality, greed and receipt, but have profited in ways that make their money seem much more dirty, than any that’s being laundered currently.

It’s incredible that, so soon after the acknowledgement that Windrush Migrants were deemed to basically, not exist, presumably because of their lack of economic benefit to the country now, that, no-one was at the Royal Wedding, protesting the idea of William, grabbing himself, a bit of colour to create an image of acceptance, for people of colour, even within the royal family !?!

It’s pretty amazing really, when you add in, the current, ” Brexit ” vibe, and the, ” Hostile Environment “, that was supposed to be the policy towards todays’ immigrants, trying to get to stay in the UK.

As said, it’s all getting a bit too much for my brain to cope with, so, let me get back to the piece i’m sharing this month.

Well, having watched a pretty decent fight between Adonis Stevenson & Badou Jack any Light Heavyweight last night, which for a change, ended with a controversial verdict, that actually, wasn’t that controversial.

No Knockout Punches were thrown, that landed, but there were some brutal shots that were taken, that warrant a rematch after the draw decision which allows Stevenson to keep his belt for now.

So, for boxing fans, this month’s piece speaks on more than boxing, but pays homage to some of the great fighters, who have inspired me over the years, in more ways that one.

They may be premier athletes, but, I think i’ve done enough now, to prove that i’m a premier wordsmith, and this piece will definitively explain why …..

Simply, because as the poem states, when it comes to my wordplay ….

It Definitely has a Heavyweight ….

” Punch ” ….

Check it out …..

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Don’t think i’m the only one !!! … “Enough” … A poem written by Big Virge 17/12/2013

MAN … !!!
I’ve had … ” ENOUGH ” … !!!
of … Lies that … Run …
from … ” Fork-Tongued ” … mouths …
Who … Act like … ” Clowns ” … ?!!!? …

” Enough ” …
of their … ” smiles ” …
and … CLEAR … ” Denial ” …
of … TRUTH … They REFUSE …. !!!!! .…
to … Accept … as … ” TRUE ” … ??!?? …

What’s with … THESE FOOLS … ?!?
who … ” think ” … They’re Cool …
when … ALL THEY DO …
is act like …. ” Tools ” …. !!!!! …

NOT … The ones … !!!
that are … put to …
… GOOD USE … !!!

More like … ” The Guns ” …
That … Policemen Shoot … !!!!!

I’ve had …
ENOUGH … of … ” Them ” … !!!!!
and … ” Criminals ” … TOO … !!!!!!

who cause … PROBLEMS …
when they … LOSE … Their Heads … !!!
and then … Cause … ” Bloodshed ” … !!!

BLOOD … that runs …
like … ” My Pen ” … Now does …
” When My Thoughts “… Transcend …
Into …. ” Written Poems ” ….

Have I written … ” Enough ” … ???
of this …. ” Poetic Stuff ” …. ?!?

for me to … Get Respect …
and those … Fat Cheques … !!!!!
from … ” Corporate Heads ” …
Who … SET … ” The Trends ” …

I’ve had … ENOUGH … of them !!!
and … Who They … ” Select ” …
to ….. ” Represent ” …..
THIS … Art Forms … BEST …

When … Who They Select …
…… CLEARLY ……
Seem to … Care Less … !!!
about … ” What ” … They Present …

I’ve NOW …
Had … ENOUGH … !!!
of … So Called … ” Friends ” … !!!

….. Who …..
” Run Their Gums ” … !!!

“V, you haven’t made it,
because your words,
aren’t good enough !”

… and they’re …
MY FRIENDS … !!!!!

I’ve had … ENOUGH … of them … !!!!!
and Their … Disrespect …
for … My Poems …

… when they …
DO NOT … take the time …

… to … Ingest …
These words … I Rhyme …

because …
The Stars … THEY LIKE …
Don’t Shine … Up In … ” The Sky ” … ?!?

They’re ones … whose art …
comes out …. ” Their Arse ” …. !!!!!
and thus … are on … PRIMETIME … !!!!!

and of course … !!!
Their views … online …
are … Enough to … ” Ensure ” …
that they’ll be … ” Liked ” …
Long After They Have … ” DIED ” … !!!!!!!!!!

But …..
ENOUGH … About Death … !!!!!
and …. ” Killing Trends ” ….

How About … ??!??
More Lines …
of … ” This Here Type ” … !!!

“Oh, you’ve had, enough !
Here’s the deal man, TOUGH !”

Man ….
ENOUGH with … dismissing …
Wordplay … that breeds …
………. THINKING ……… !!!!!!!!!

Humanity’s … “SINking” … !!!!!
Just …… “Check” ……
How We’re Living … !!!!!!! …

ENOUGH … !!!
with … ” The Net ” … !!!
and … FAKE … ” Online Friends ” …

It’s … ALL …
A … “Pretence” …
That … Doesn’t make …
…… ” Sense ” …… ?!? ……

Haven’t you … had …
……. ” Enough ” …….
of … messages from …

People … who … SEE YOU
but … Don’t … ” REALLY ” …
…… ” See You ” …….. ??!?? …….

The Pretense … is … SO …
….. SEE THROUGH ….. !!! …..

ENOUGH … !!!
with these … ” People ” …
Who … “click” … to be … ” Friends ”
But … QUICKLY … Get Upset … !!!?!!!

when things that … you post …
start … ” Rocking ” … Their Boat … !!!

ENOUGH … !!!
About … ” Boats ” …
with … ” Coc ” … Up Their Nose … !!!!!

It seems that … ” Nigella ” … ?!?
Does deals with … ” Coc’ Sellers ” … !?!?!

I’m meaning … Cocaine … !!!
ENOUGH … for … Her Brain …
for … Charles Saatchi .. to say … !!!

” Some ads’,
can bring pain !
from which I refrain !”

ENOUGH with …
” Campaigns ” … !!!

Do you get … ?
what i’m … Saying … ?!?

ENOUGH … advertisers … !!!!!
should now be … ” Retired ” … !!!
just like …. ” Marketeers ” …. !!! ….

Whose plans are to … ” Steer ” …
what’s … ” Between Your Ears ” …

to …
” Material Planes ” …
where you … DON’T …
Use … ” Your Brain ” … !!!

ENOUGH … of … ” The Games ”
These Ho’s … Like to play … !!! …

ENOUGH of … ” Racism ” … !!!
” Sexism ” ….. ALL Ism’s ..… !!!!!

ENOUGH … of the vision … !!!
of Blacks … “FILLING PRISONS” … !!!!!

ENOUGH … with … ” Conditions ” …
That … Poor People … LIVE IN … !!!!!
That … ARE NOT … Forgiving … !!!!!!!!

While … Rich Folk … COMPLAIN … ?!?
about stuff that’s …. ” INSANE ” … !!!!!
because things have changed …
to the point where … they’re saying …

that ….

“Pressure’s engaged in
touching their gauge !”

and … ANGER …
They … ” CLAIM ” … !!!

cos’ their ……
” Golf Time’s ” … RESTRAINED … ??!??

Enough of … This … POKING … !?!
and Racist Folks … ” Joking ” … ?!?

About … EVERYTHING … !!!
from our … Lips …
to our … Skin … !!!!!

As if that’s … The Way …
for them to … ” Maintain ” …
PROOF … that their … ” Status ” …
Isn’t That … of … ” Race Haters ” … !?!

Man … ENOUGH … !!!
cos’ it’s … BLATANT … !!!

that their … brain space …
is … Vacant …
cos’ it’s on a … ” Hiatus ” … !!!!!

Enough with these … ” Fakers ” … !!!
I Won’t … ” Waste The Paper ” … !!!!!!!

So …..
What about …. ” Work ” …. ?!?

Haven’t you had … ENOUGH … !?! …
of … working with … ” JERKS ” … !!! …
whose gums always … ” Run ” … !!! …
” Until ” … The Boss … comes … !!! …

Up In … Their … ” MOUTHS ” … !!!!!

What’s wrong with … ?
These … CLOWNS … !!!

I’m talking bout’ … ” Colleagues ”
who run round like … ” Collies ” … !?!

But … ENOUGH …
about … ” Them ” … !!!

because … This Poem …
has now reached … It’s End …

So …..
If you’re like … ME … ?
and see … what i’m seeing …
in …. how most are being …
and …. ” Society ” ….

If you see … How Tough …
Life’s … CLEARLY … become …

Do you ever … ” Sit back ” …
and say to … yourself …

Enough is …..

……. ” Enough ” ……. !!!

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In amongst all the Pish that’s going on … written by Big Virge 26/8/2013

Yes Yes … Motha funksta’s … !!!!!

Well, as the, “Summer Rains”, of Barbados, do their thing, and my body keeps tellin’ me ….

“Eh bwoy, mind yaself, try and exercise, before me show you some pain ya can’t recover from … !!!”

I find myself in the midst of political shifts that are seemingly, increasing the angst levels in many people here, Bajans’ are indeed, Quite The … ” Different “, breed, in many ways … !!!!!

…. however, much like the masses of countries who live under what is essentially, still, British/Irish rule, they are complaining amongst themselves, rather than in the corridors of power, of those, they chose …. to vote in !!?!!

Thus, job pressures, strange economic decisions, and business pressures are now beginning, to seemingly, hit home. Everyone from students to some of the islands elders, are now seeing that, from the likes of LIAT, to, Barbadian Governance, there are problems in the region, that, perhaps needed to have been addressed before the likes of Richard Branson and others start to point them out to the rest of the world !!!

Anyhow, in amongst all this, I have to shout out my man Moss … !!!

… who has shown me something that, very few, in fact, hardly any Bajans’ have done, since my arrival, which is to, show me a good time amongst, “The Locals”, who, although clearly, not as well off as their white counterparts, find ways to get by, look after their young, and live in impoverished zones, just up the road from the likes of white folks who have everything and more ……… well, it would seem, but a REAL sense of community …. ???!???

Hmmmm …. I would seriously question their version of communal living against that of the block I was on last week, having had a really cool, afternoon & early evening there.

Even the bank i’m with here, who’ll get no free advertising on this page, had representatives who treated me as though, I am a human being, not some, “Scary, Crazy, Angry, Drug Induced, Maniac !!!”.

Wow, it’s taken, pretty much a year and a half, but, better late than never I guess !!!

My insurance company has also, in the last few, been showing me that they are actually, pretty efficient in ensuring that the accident I have recently been in …

(Thanks for asking everyone, yeah i’m fine !)

…. gets handled suitably, as it was quickly established that the, “white bod”, who was probably on his f’ing phone, was totally at fault !!!

Toyota here in Bim, is up to standard, at least, thus far, fairly friendly, professional and helpful, which does make you wonder what the rest of Barbados is playing at, in terms of their service ethics ???

Anyway, no such issues on the block last week, children in full flow, running around and causing as much disturbance to adults as they were, receiving love ….

A beautiful thing, and very inspiring for a writer like me …. !!!!!

The local, young puppy dog, on the lookout for a feed, which he/she got in the form of some Bajan takeout !!!!!

“Food” ….. to heighten the minds and spirits of the men and women, who, slowly but surely gathered for a dominoes session, which went from, late afternoon to night, like the sun and moon up in the sky !!!

No fancy apartments, just, I guess … ???

…. what many would many would define as, “Tenement style living”. An example being, the, Corrugated Iron Roof, over the wooden bench, where viewing of the domino table, could be availed.

All, practically built and designed, to enable the locals to chill, and, cool out, while tunes ran from yards, phones, or wherever sounds could emanate from !!!!!

I do not come from, abstract poverty, but, know what it is to use outside toilets and to bath in tubs from a pipe, and it does amaze me to this day, that, some people never escape such living !

Ghetto living, I hear you ask … ???

NO, just homes in poorer zones, while the wealthy look down at the residents, from a distance, in their heavily secured & gated homes, or ….

“Ghettos” … of a different type maybe … ?!?

So ….

“Escape” ….. is not what I see it as being, it would be to just have what the rest of us, “Well to do”, folks, have ……

Does our water make us any cleaner or better … ???

I somehow doubt it, but, as my Landlord was quick to advise me of today, my new neighbours are from the British High Commission !!!

“Like” …. Big F’ing Deal !!!!!

As if, my flying half way across the world to chill for a while, was to be next to the same ilk of Brit, who I couldn’t get close to, when living in London … !!!!!

Life eh …. You just can’t legislate for how it can play out sometimes …… ?!?

Anyway, as I explained to my landlord, “Titles'”, mean nothing to me anymore, especially when being on a block up the road, has shown me that, half of my neighbours rent for a year, could probably provide for, that, “Whole Community”, a level of development, that would avail, a less impoverished style of living !!!

I dare not say … BETTER … cos’ who’s TRULY living better huh ???

I saw peaceful, happy, fun-filled times, in just 5 hours, that, I will remember til’ the day I move on to what is hopefully, a more balanced, realm, where all this inequality, doesn’t exist.

We even had that, “Classic Moment”, where, due to one of the children’s attentive eyes, a Rather … BIG CENTIPEDE … !!!

… was spotted as dusk brought darkness to the block ….

Thank the father for, “Young Eyes”, huh !!!!

There was the usual commotion in establishing who was gonna kill it, interestingly, while my man, in his Timberlands, backed off … LOL … !!!!!

It was a reminder of why I wanted to come back here after, my visits, as a youngster, which I am thankful to my parents for doing for me, now, more than ever !!!

Maybe the other ignorant stuff that i’ve experienced, have indeed, been valuable lessons, backbiting, threats, and basically, a reluctance to face, “TRUTH”, or, show some sense of remorse for, said, ignorance, may well be about to face, Karmas’ Powers ….

Well, as time rolls on, I can only hope so …..

As for being on the block for a night, it was, indeed, a highly pleasurable experience and had none of the … “Wrong & Strong”, behaviour, that I have sadly, become accustomed to, from Bajans, claiming to have … RESPECT for man … ???!???

Well … there was … NOTHING … “Wrong & Strong”, to speak of, in this day, and, fa sure, not one iota came my way, and the funny thing is …..

This experience on … my brothers’ … BLOCK …

was …..

In amongst the Pish … that’s currently, going on …. !!!!!

Bless up y’all and have yourselves …. A GREAT WEEK !!!

One.

Big Virge.

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