Jamaican Poetry: Seething


By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2017, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe

I hiss mi teet an seethe
Like a cobra coiled
Deliberating…

Execute fury or
Recoil;
I hiss mi teet an seethe.

Mi mind racing thru corridors
Like a Amtrak train
Seeking recourse, seeking solution.
Meanwhile di devils chirp
Their song in mi head
Claro 3G break free…’
I goin to break somin yes
Two months,
Two significant problems
Too much;

I hiss mi teet and seethe.

Dis lady seh I mus seek recourse
Fi a five thousand dollars
I goin to seek
Judgement;
I hiss mi teet and seethe.

Di devils continue fi sing deh song

‘Claro 3G break free…’
I feel di tidal wave break in mi head.
I recoil and
Deliberate…
I hiss mi teet and seethe.

Jamaican Poetry: Dis Journalist Mad


By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2017, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe

Now tell mi if di journalist nuh mad,
Fi go look pon 20 foot wave,
A wash pon land.
Afta yuh see sey one camera man almost drown,
Yuh a try get shot of Palisadoes grung;

Is anyting else damage?
Is yuh car alright?
Cause mi waan fi knuh,
Wah yuh a do inna storm 2’oclock a night?

Now tell mi if dis journalist nuh crazy,
Dem a go geh wi heart failure,
Or mek we have premature baby.
We jus waan knuh sey oonu safe an sound;
We nuh waan visit nuh burial ground.
Next ting di eulogy go read,
Great Jamaican, good friend father of some well sown seed;

Please mi a beg oonu nuh mek mi heart skip a beat;
Tek care, report good;
And of foolish acts, please beware.

Jamaican Weddings: Summer wedding favors


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

People always throw away wedding favors, eventually, that they have no use for. You do not want this to happen wedding budgetafter spending so much money on them. Your efforts and planning would have been for naught. But if you come up with ingenious and simple options; things that people can use on the day or even when they go back home, this minimizes the likelihood of them being added to the wastebasket. You can sit and discuss with friends and family who have been to many weddings; finding out what their best wedding favor was and the worst. This is a simple and easy way to generate new ideas.

Giving guests hand held a fan as summer wedding favors is a popular practice. These months are known for their unbearable heat, and if your wedding is held outside, it could be a simple solution to the problem of heat and coming up with an idea for wedding favors. Fans are a casual as well as fun solution, and depending on the type of design, can translate to a casual or more formal theme. The wedding date, couples name, and other odd bits of information can be printed on the handle of the paper that makes up the fan. Putting the picture of the bride or groom can also be done. Oriental fans are a favorite choice of many. They will also be able to use the fan in other locations, at other times. If the fan is very sturdy, it can last for years and be a favorite of many people; possibly something they can take back at an anniversary celebration. You can also use manageable, small motored fans that can be easily carried and fit in ladies bags. These fans can also be embellished with silk, or lace.

For a long lasting wedding favor, think about giving plants. People can use them to add to their garden, or place in their homes. You will have to decide on a plant that most people can manage, doesn’t require a lot of care and can be transplanted if your guests wish to do so. Or you can have a mixture of plants. They can be fruit or flowered plants. Many people are environmentally conscious and there are foundations and groups that can have packages for the replanting of trees in deforested areas. This would be a nice memento for the occasion.

Packets of seeds are another perfect, environmental summer option for weddings. Your guests will be able to take these and plant them in the fall, or even on the wedding day. Again this can be done in gardens, or in areas identified for reforestation. You can add cards with little notes and other keep sakes if you wish with instructions for planting the seeds and what type of plant they are. You can choose seeds for your favorite flower or fruits.

Jamaican Weddings: Wedding Day tips for the groom


By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2010, Poetess Defy, Denise Fyffe

destination-wedding jamaicaMany people who tattoo their skin have the areas that display the tattoo waxed or shaved; especially if it is very hairy, like their arm. Manscaping is a novel idea for some men; the thought of removing hair from places such as your chest, arm or back is just an intolerable thought. But, this might be very considerate if you plan to vacation one an island and strut your stuff on the beach. It will also be considerate to your new wife. Women shave, pluck and wax almost every part of their body; men may consider doing this for some parts of theirs.

Removing hair is a serious contemplation for men; especially those who are macho and are highly against it, but will consider it for their spouses. If you are going to shave or wax certain areas, keep in mind the need to moisturize and use sun block to both protect it from sunlight and keep it moisturized. If you plan on venturing to the Caribbean or any tropical area this is even more necessary. Here is another great reason to remove unsightly hair. It will look horrible and repulsive on the beaches or in public. If you have back hair or an immense over growth of chest hair consider, waxing. As men, you should be even more tolerant of pain; as it does not last forever. Your newlywed wife will be very appreciative, receptive and might even reward you for your actions.

A lot of people shave their armpits. Seeing a bushy forest from under a man’s arm is truly a put off and might be a huge turn off, if you are planning on wearing tank tops on those tropical getaways. Another benefit is that, once removed, you will not have to worry about your odor or perspiration so much; as the deodorant will be applied directly into your skin. The occurrence of sweat marks and stains on your shirts should also lessen. This act is both beneficial to you and your partner.

Removing hair from your man bits; now this is a tricky topic for some. You do not have to go as bald as a new-born baby. You have different alternatives, like just trimming. Remove the excess. If you choose to shave all off, then you have to maintain it, as anywhere you remove hair, there will be stubble. This can give our spouse razor burn or chaff her skin.

Tanning is another consideration for those all white and milky men; especially if you are coming from the colder regions. You might not want to glow when you visit the tropical islands. You don’t have to do excessive tanning in tanning salons. You can choose to go to a spa and allow them to air brush you. Choose a nice shade that will compliment you and not make you look like an orange human.

Jamaican Wedding: Tips for The Hairy Groom


 

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

Many people who tattoo their skin have the areas that display the tattoo waxed or shaved; especially if it is very hairy, like their arm. Manscaping is a novel idea for some men; the thought of removing hair from places such as your chest, arm or back is just an intolerable thought. But, this might be very considerate if you plan to vacation one an island and strut your stuff on the beach, at your Jamaican Wedding. It will also be considerate to your new wife. Women shave, pluck and wax almost every part of their body; men may consider doing this for some parts of theirs.

Removing hair is a serious contemplation for men; especially those who are macho and are highly against it, but

Paulino's armpits

will consider it for their spouses. If you are going to shave or wax certain areas, keep in mind the need to moisturize and use sun block to both protect it from sunlight and keep it moisturized. If you plan on venturing to the Caribbean or any tropical area this is even more necessary. Here is another great reason to remove unsightly hair. It will look horrible and repulsive on the beaches or in public. If you have back hair or an immense over growth of chest hair consider, waxing. As men, you should be even more tolerant of pain; as it does not last forever. Your newlywed wife will be very appreciative, receptive and might even reward you for your actions in making your Jamaican Wedding and honeymoon, perfect.

A lot of people shave their armpits. Seeing a bushy forest from under a man’s arm is truly a put off and might be a huge turn off, if you are planning on wearing tank tops at your Jamaican Wedding or on those tropical getaways. Another benefit is that, once removed, you will not have to worry about your odor or perspiration so much; as the deodorant will be applied directly into your skin. The occurrence of sweat marks and stains on your shirts should also lessen. This act is both beneficial to you and your partner.

Gillette shave gel

Removing hair from your hairy groom, man bits; now this is a tricky topic for some. You do not have to go as bald as a new born baby. You have different alternatives, like just trimming. Remove the excess. If you choose to shave all off, then you have to maintain it, as anywhere you remove hair, there will be stubble. This can give our spouse razor burn or chaff her skin.

Tanning is another consideration for those all white and milky men; especially if you are coming from the colder regions. You might not want to glow when you visit the tropical islands or at your Jamaican Wedding. You don’t have to do excessive tanning in tanning salons. You can choose to go to a spa and allow them to air brush you. Choose a nice shade that will compliment you and not make you look like an orange human.

 

Jamaican Wedding: Tips for planning the best Jamaican wedding reception

Jamaican Wedding

_Sunspree_Resort_weddingA wedding is a joyous occasion. People come together to celebrate the union of a bride and groom. They eat, drink and toast the newlyweds. But Jamaican weddings take time to plan, and it can become very stressful doing so. Often times the bride will take on the bulk of the planning, and she may enlist a wedding planner to assist. Careful consideration is taken when planning a wedding reception. When there are difficulties, it is easier to categorize your tasks into groups. These may be food and drinks venue, entertainment, decorations, date and time and budget. Though a Jamaican wedding planner may have a network of people to rely on, in getting things into place, the final decision should be yours on the exact choices.

The Jamaican wedding reception planning can take some serious considerations; especially as it relates to venue and food. But this takes does not have to be daunting. The first step is to find a location in Jamaica that the couple both agree on. When you are deciding on this, think about its accessibility and how easy it is for people to get to it. Can they accommodate the number of guests and do they have experience hosting weddings. Check with the coordinators at the location, that the date and time you have selected is available.

Another aspect of planning a Jamaican wedding reception is the budget. Prepare a wedding budget and stick to it. SettingJamaican Wedding price line for individual expenditure items will save you in the long run. Shop around during the selection of the venue and find out if the costs differ, for things like food preparation, Jamaican entertainment, and favors. These items, handling them separately, can really cut into your budget unawares.

Once you have a wedding budget, it is time to set the menu. What type of beverages will you have at your wedding? Will you cater for non alcoholics? How do you plan on serving the food? Will it be served by waiters or buffet style? What dessert options will be on the menu? Will there be more than two? Will you serve chicken or fish? What will be the entrée? Or what type of wine will you use for the toast? All these questions need to be addressed when planning your Jamaican wedding reception meal. The best decision is to give people a option in each course, as you do not want them to be forced to eat something they don’t like.

Once you have settled on food and drinks, your next consideration can be the decorations. This helps to set the ambiance of the venue and the wedding reception itself. This is what your guests will remember for years to come. Keep in mind the centre pieces for the tables, the number of tables, and chairs you’ll need. You will also need flowers, candles or streamers. These should not be random decisions or selections. Another area for consideration is entertainment and music. You will need to select a DJ, band or instrumental band. The type of music needs to blend well with the ambiance and setting.

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About the Writer

Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author for more than six years and enjoys volunteering, counseling and teaching. You can read more of her work at

  1. www.theislandjournal.com
  2. https://denisenfyffe.wordpress.com/
  3. https://revthechristianlife.wordpress.com/

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Confessions of a Jamaican Shopaholic


English: Confessions of a Shopaholic

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2016, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe

There are thousands of people walking around who have a shopping addiction, in Jamaica and the world at large. Their addiction is that of being a shopaholic. This is can be a very adverse condition that depending on the individual can affect their financial, family and emotional life. We see this portrayed in the movie ‘Confession of a shopaholic’; where a young lady goes through the experience, but recovers. This is possible for anyone but it requires that they be willing to work through it.

A shopaholic has to change your psychological outlook. A lot of times there are stressful situations in our lives that drive us to any addiction whether it is smoking, eating, drinking and in this case, shopping. These problems might be at work, being laid off, and even having n unreasonable and difficult boss. People who go through separation, divorce or a death in their family can also turn to shopping.

Shopping offers a Jamaican shopaholic, a way to hide from and put out of their minds these stressful

Confessions of a Shopaholic (film)

Confessions of a Shopaholic (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

situations. Therefore the first step is to identify the stressors in our lives and work to get rid of them. This might mean that you have to change jobs, speak to people courteously about their influence on your conduct, or handle the grief of a painful situation.

You also have to modify your spending habits or have someone manage your funds for you. When you begin your resurgence it will be very trying and you will be tempted to continue shopping. However it would be easier if a friend or family member takes over paying your bills, managing your loans or take complete control of your finances. But you must choose someone you have complete faith in, someone who won’t hand over until you have made noteworthy progress and who is sympathetic. You will have to reveal to them the harshness of your problem and be wholly honest with them. This may be the most complicated part but it may be vital to your recovery.

Soon like the lady in the green scarf from ‘Confession of a shopaholic’; you too can overcome your shopping problems.