“What I Wish Americans Knew About My Peace Corps Country”… Grenada #PCWeek2014

“What I Wish Americans Knew About My Peace Corps Country”… Grenada #PCWeek2014


welcome to Grenada, the Isle of Spice
on this small island in the eastern caribbean there is music, there is dance, food, color
and life in the early morning hours it begins
sounds of the island fill the air one by one they lend their voice creating
a symphony that says this is home, this is Grenada
taking small buses from here to there people find their way to school, to work or
even to the market some head to the office or construction sites
for some they spend the day fishing from a wooden boat
for others they sell world renowned spices like nutmeg and saffron
and still others take time to tend to their gardens and farm
some for pleasure some for work and children can be found in schools across
the island learning math or science or even art
and when not at work or on just on holiday people lime on beaches, roadsides or at home
taking time to catch the breeze as they say enjoying their small community
by midafternoon happy chatter and children laughing in the street
on special occasions steel pan ring in the evening hours
Grenadian love to play as hard as they work Then from time to time what better way to
wait for night than with a cook a meal just between friends but all are welcome
everybody brings something to throw to pot and soon the aromas of food like oildown or
fish waters or even pelau fill the air sunlight slowly fading
as night begins to fall every voice thats heard says good night
and there are those who refuse to let it end some play cricket or football and still others
meet for drinks and play dominos then at times beating drums and late night
songs the day draws to a close
giving way to the chirp of crickets, the bleet of goats and the sounds of dogs
settling into a familiar island lullaby as ocean waves crash and the island goes still
lights are dimmed and curtains closed every soul waiting for the break of another
dawn this is Grenada, the isle of spice

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