Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Trinidad & Tobago vs Paraguay

(9:07 a.m.) My sister just called me (whilst driving over Lady Young) to report her sighting of an interesting sign for today's game: a huge rainbow stretching from the National Stadium to the area by the harbour/('Soca Warriors') lighthouse. Unfortunately she didn't have a camera.
(6:23 p.m.) The aftermath ... I don't think I've ever seen the people and streets of Trinidad so quiet, especially on a weekday. I reached home from Cascade in record time - virtually no traffic on the road ... people driving quietly, some faces shocked, some glazed and one or two cars blowing horns, waving flags and flashing lights anyway. I feel quiet, somewhat hoarse and with a dull headache from screaming, a little disappointed, but in a way relieved that it's 'over'. Would have been good to move on further, but the fact is, the Warriors did what they could and made their history. According to Dwight, this was a boyhood dream of his ... as it must be a dream for any footballer. Congrats to the team for being an inspiration. Onwards, we all move.


Anonymous Guanaguanare: the laughing gull said...

Yes indeedy, I am also glad that it's 'over'...at least until South Africa in 2010. I want us to focus on team T&T, the Warriors on the ground at home. The Soca Warriors took us as far as they could for now, and I am bowing low in recognition of their historic achievement. But where will we take ourselves as a nation, over the next four years? That is the really important question.

So if you've already taken off your red jerseys, take them up again, just give them a good scrubbing and put them back on. We eh done yet.
Red is for life blood. We eh dead yet.
Red is for danger. We eh out of it yet.
Red is for stopping. We eh start to really stop and think about what to do about our problems.
Red is for fire and passion. We eh short on dat.
Red is for bravery and courage. We going to need plenty of that starting today.

Stop, look around. Recognise and admit for the first time in all these years that we have been leaving our battles to those who are not fighting on our side or for this country. Tell them to step off and away from the positions which they are not qualified, either intellectually, spiritually or morally, to occupy.

We are the warriors and we don't need so much to win on the world stage as to win right where we stand, on blessed home ground, our beleaguered homes, workplaces, environment, people...the real victory must be won at home and FOR our home, beautiful Trinidad and Tobago.

It would have been wonderful to have our football team advance today, but if this would have been at the expense of our ability to focus on the more important battle at hand, perhaps it is a blessing that that distraction is over.

Blessed is all of creation
Blessed be my beautiful people
Blessed be the day of our awakening
Blessed is my country
Blessed are her patient hills.


7:02 PM  
Blogger Elspeth said...

Wow. Beautifully put and true.

7:20 PM  

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