Jamaican Poetry: By the Riverside

By the riverside
I know so well
I watch you stroll
I watch your legs;
As you stand knee deep
In that cold stream
The sun shines in your face
And I watch you wade upstream;

Jamaican Poetry : One life

I have died a 1000 deaths,
killed a million souls,
and jumped a billion suicides;

I am still living this one life. – Poetess Denise Fyffe

Jamaican Poetry : Depressed to tears

My pain is seeping through my eyes,
So much pain;
I am sorry eyes,
You will work overtime tonight.- Poetess Denise Fyffe

Jamaican Poetry: Sneeze

Si, me jus leggo one sneeze,
Mi feel it all di way to me knees
Not a body or a gentle bone,
Mi wrap up, inna mi bed all alone;

Jamaican Poetry: Spring

Blossoms o’er and above the hill
A sign that nature’s heart yet beats stronger still
Four months basked in a cloak of white
Viking trees once starving orphans, exposed to the winters banshee cries;

Jamaican Weddings: Ways to use doves in your wedding ceremony

White wedding doves courtesy of wdrelease-com
White wedding doves courtesy of wdrelease-com

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise Fyffe

White wedding doves courtesy of discover-southern-ontario-com

White wedding doves courtesy of discover-southern-ontario-com

Prince, who is a singer, songwriter, multimillionaire, from the 1980’s did a song called, “When doves cry”.  We all know that this is not so, but these lovely creatures are symbolic of love and unity. Thousands of wedding ceremony have incorporated them because of this symbolism. Couples add in white doves into their wedding ceremonies; hoping that it adds meaning and says to their partner, how they feel about them. It also indicates to their guests how in love the couple really is.

People experiment with their Jamaican weddings more and more. They believe in including the many facets that they as a couple enjoy; especially with the theme and music.  They still keep the older tradition of throwing rice and jumping the broom; but they have included new traditions more. Therefore weddings now include doves, bubbles and anything else the couple can think to add.

The use of dove is very varied. Couples come up with different methods of setting them free or adding them to the wedding ceremony. The trend is to use white doves. They can be released usually at the end of the ceremony from the chapel or loft. They can be released just before the couple drives off, or even after they say their I dos, depending on the wedding venue. The release indicates or represents the couple branching out into the world, and starting a life together.

White wedding doves courtesy of beetreetrail-com

White wedding doves courtesy of beetreetrail-com

The reference to doves can also be included in the ceremony. This can be stated by the minister, priest or officiator. He or she will draw reference to the symbolism or it can be included by the couple in the vows; especially in the exchange of rings section. The decision as to when these references are made, or when to release the doves, lies with the happy couple.

You also need to consider the holding areas or cages for the doves. There are many ways to incorporate them, and also how to display them. They can be keep close to the venue or ceremony area; just as long as they won’t be a distraction or noisy. You can think about the color or type of cage to put them in; whether white, gold or silver. You can have a handler there who will see to their food and comfort needs. Because of what hey symbolize your guests will be touched and many awed by their presence and inclusion into the ceremony.

When, where and how to include the doves, does not have to be complicated. The couple can decide whether to include them in your nuptials, at the reception or after the nuptials. You can also dictate the number of doves to release. This can be two or more; and reference can also be made to this in the ceremony.


Jamaican Weddings: Something old for your wedding

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2015, Poetess Defy, Denise Fyffe

jamaican wedding photoSomething old, something new, something borrowed, something blue“, all and sundry knows about this age-old saying. To make sure of happiness in the marriage, it is believed that a bride should have these things for good luck. These items are more often than not included creatively in the wedding. Weddings are filled with the invocation of many traditional practices. Those passed down from one generation to the next. Families also play an important role in these traditions; passing on heirlooms and other little trinkets.

The bridal gown is often a prime example of this tradition. Often mothers of female family members will pass on a wedding dress, and it might be the brides something old, or something borrowed and on occasion something blue. Brides need to ensure that they do not wear these gowns out of guilt but because they want to and it fits the overall wedding theme. Jewelry is another accessory that can fit the tradition, and often is. This may include earrings, pendants, brooches, watches and even the wedding ring itself. Men have been giving their brides the heirlooms or rings of their mothers or some other relative. For those who do not have these items handed down in their family; you can visit internet selling sites such as eBay and Amazon to find real treasures. Visiting the antique store in your area is another good option. Remember stick to the style of your wedding theme.

One thing that will take little effort is having ‘something new’. Between the bridal shower and other gifts; plus your own shopping you will have covered your bases in this regard. Remember, your something new can be anything, including lingerie. The same applies for your something borrowed. This can be jewelry, dress, anything from friend of family especially if you have admired it yourself for quite some time and your wedding day would be the ideal day to get it. If your female relatives still have their garters, this might be an opportune time to borrow it.

beach_wedding_favorsBe careful on selecting what your ‘something blue’ will be. You do not want it to be distracting, gaudy or clashing with the wedding theme. A new trend is using people, like the maid of honor or mother dressed in blue, as that tradition. Other items that can be used are underwear, jewelry, hair pins, shows, bouquets and handkerchiefs.

Many people are not aware of the “a silver sixpence in her shoe” tradition. Finding this silver penny may be impossible, therefore you can use a dime or penny or depending on your country some local coin currency. But you may want to check auction sites, local pawn and auction shops for a silver sixpence. Having things that symbolize tradition, in a wedding can be a very fulfilling experience.