Buh Wat dis worl' comin' to?
ęcopyright Alloy 1998
" Tales from under
de Breadfruit Tree"
"Buh wat dis worl' comin' to?"
When one hears these words uttered in a conversation, it is
understood that the topic being discussed is of a social nature
and perceived as a threat to the very fabric of the Trini
way of life........
Mable: Buh wat dis worl' comin' to, mih lord!
Dewdrop: Wha' happen?
Mable: Yuh read today papers? Dey say de crime rate up in
we side ah de country..... De yankee an' dem start to bom'
up Saddam tail... den some yankee man over here now, tryin'
to take we pan from we.... meanwile dong in Moruga, mih aunt
an' dem ent even have water to drink, because ah some mudslide......dey
cyar even get beer to buy.....
Dewdrop: Dat all? Buh it does have wusser tings dan dat an'
yuh doh get rile up.... Wha' happen to yuh? Yuh on eggs or
Mable: Me? On eggs? Yuh mus' be crazy! Is long time ah tie
up mih tubes an' dem. Is jus' dat since ah start going to
dat new Pentecostal Church, it takin' de yampie from mih eyes...an'
ah startin' to see tings in ah more spiritual way.
Dewdrop: Girl, doan kill me. Everybody know dat yuh only goin'
to dat church because yuh have ah crush on de pastor. Since
yuh eye lite up on he....is like yuh see Jesus Crist self....
Mable: Is because he does move mih.... ah mean, wen he givin'
he sermon. Yuh have to give Jack he Jacket,....he could preach.
But puttin' all joke aside now, yuh ent find the worl' changin'
fas'....an' it so hard to keep up wid all de change...As soon
as yuh start to get accustom to ah new ting, is time to trow
it away, to get de lates'. .... is no wonder why marriage
breakin up so...dem men changin' pardner like car! Long time
ah woodda say is woman dey changin' but now ah have to say
pardner, because now, is like every odder man is ah battie
Dewdrop: Dat is how de worl' make up now, girl. Globalisaton!
De worl' ent big again like in Columbus time....nowadays dem
astronuts, flyin' rong de whole worl' in ah few hours! Now
everybody does have to move fas'. Yuh play morocoy, an' is
you to ketch!
Mable: Wen ah talk about movin' fas' ah didn't only mean speed....is
all dem new ideas....an' it does take ah lot ah money too.....Is
reason de crime rate goin up!...an' wen de crime rate go up,
de morals go dong! Is exackly wat de pastor say!
Dewdrop: It ent no different from long time.... Long time
people uses to do de same ting, excep' dey uses to hide .......an'
dey uses to keep secret for one anodder. Nowadays, everyting
in de open! ....an' wid de internet... de hole worl' could
fine out in a jiffy! Long time it was niggergram, now is internet.
Yuh see how fas' we fine out 'bout Clinton an' Monica?
Mable: Dat is exactly wat ah tryin' to get at ....look at
how much taxpayer money dey spenin' to get de hole story.
Wid all de speed dey have, it draggin' out, it come like dey
ridin' jackass now. All it doin' is fullin' up dem lawyer
pocket an' sellin newspaper. Long time is one ah two ting
would ah happen.......Eider everybody keep dey tail quiet
or Clinton wooda say "Yes, Ah Screw she!".....End ah story!
Dat does happen every day in Trinidad, far less de worl'.
Look at how much paper, money, ink, electricity, doctor bill..
Dewdrop: Doctor bill? Who get sick?
Mabel: Use yuh kidneys! How yuh tink Monica, Bill an' Hillary
stayin'so calm under all dat stress? Tablets! Doctor Tablets!
As ah was sayin before yuh cut een like a spanish station..
Doctor bill, laundry bill, plane fare and now, cruise missile,
dey wastin', over ah little piece ah tail... he eh even get!
An' de ting is ...all ah we have to pay, for wat he don't
want to say, he didn't get! Now Clinton tail in fire, he trowin'
some ah de heat on Saddam..... he sen' he War posse to Iraq.
Dat mean dey go want more oil.....de price ah oil an' gasoline
goin' to go up, food price too will go up, an' WE go have
to pay for dat! If dat is Globalisation, I ent want no part
Dewdrop: Dat is how de worl' does work now ....spread de money...Take
ah little ting... blow it up.. give everybody ah piece ah
Mable: So I mus' accept havin' to pay more for food and gas
because Clinton eh get ah piece ah tail, an' he don't want
to tell anybody 'bout it? Ah must be tootoolbay! Yuh tink
ah went to skool in Augus'! Yuh car see dat dis hole ting
is ah skeme to make money? Look at dem women who say Clinton
do dem someting, every one ah dem makin' ah set ah money sellin'
dey story to dem newspaper or magazine. Ah even hear dat Cigar
sales gone up! Clinton mudder really choose he name good!
Bill! like Dollar Bill!....
Dewdrop: But yuh cyar see dat de hole ting good for de worl'
economy? We go profit from de oil sales and Cuba go profit
from cigar sales .....an' America own economy go go up, by
makin' more bom' an' ammunition. Yuh see how de money does
spread? Dat is wat globaisaton is all about.
Mable: So wat go happen wen Clinton gone? Yuh tink Gore able?
It cyar las'...No sooner it come, it gone. It go take a lot
ah Clintons to make it las' .....an' he go need plenty Viagara.
Talkin' 'bout Viagara, ah hear dat women now start to take
it. Is now people go kill deyself. Imagine if two people takin'
dis ting, bounce up! Dey sure to kill deyself!
Dewdrop: Wen ah few ah dem drop down dead, de government go
step in an' ban de drug ....it go mean dat ah hole blackmarket
go start up in Viagara, like Cocaine, an' open up ah hole
new industry. Yuh ketch how Globalization does work?
Mable: All it mean to me, as far as I see, is ketch arse for
de young people comin' up... it mean, dey cyar plan for de
future, because de hole worl' shakey.Is de same ting de pastor
say, everybody for deyself. Doan talk' bout morals! It so
low, not even yuh shadow could pass under it! Long tme wasn't
Dewdrop: Why yuh cyar leave de past alone? Wat gone, dead
arready! Yuh livin' now! ....an' yuh have to do, wat yuh have
to do, to enjoy it. Yuh feel people ent notice how yuh does
behave wid the pastor in church? Yuh ever tell him how yuh
feel 'bout him? Ah bet no! Because ah yuh morals! Since Charlie
lef' yuh yuh never look at anodder man! Yuh rader suffer dan
talk out yuh feelins....
Mable: Yuh want mih to make ah spectacle ah mihself? Who yuh
take me for? Camille? Dat woman ent have no shame! She does
wait until de service start, to walk een de church, well crook
up wid she lady fren....How yuh call she?...... Fanny! I doan
mine she havin' she ladyfren ...but she should do she ting
behine closed doors, not in public! Besides, even if ah feel
someting for de pastor, dat is my business ....for ME to know
an' HE to fine out! But yuh ent go ketch me galavantin' like
no jagabat to ketch no man! Pastor included!
Dewdrop: But yuh have to reach out for wat yuh want. Yuh tink
if yuh siddong, tings go jus' drop in yuh lap?
Mable: Dat is annoder ting dat rong dese days.. Young people,
have no patience...Dey want everyting rite away! Ah learn
in school, "good tings come to dose who wait"
Dewdrop: Buh how long yuh go wait? Yuh ent no spring chicken....an'
yuh not getting any younger. Siddong an' wait...... some spritely
little chick go start batting up she eye and shaking she tail
in front ah de pastor soon, an' before yuh know it .. she
gone to Venus wid he!
Mable: Talkin' 'bout Venus....dat is annoder ting ah fine
rong. Nowadays ah fine dat, is like war between men an' women.
I grow up looking up to men......
Dewdrop: Dat is de problem! Wid all de looking up we do, it
make dem look dong on we! Look how dey abuse we!
Mable: But not all men does abuse dey woman. Dey have all
type....Some does like to raise dey han', odders like
to cuss, some crude an' ruff, some again gentle an'
sorf'...It have all kine. Ah fine nowadays, woman doan stop
an' tink ah wat kine ah man dey have......is ah strait
case ah we, against dem. Just like war....dem from Mars and
we from Venus. So Mars doan have women? An' Venus doan have
men? If we keep on tinkin' so, wen yuh bounce up ah MAN from
Venus yuh wodden recognise him! De pastor really say dat wen
de worl' comin' to the end, brudder go be agains' brudder
an' a lot ah confusion go rein.....
Dewdrop: All well an' good, but we women must stick togedder
because if we only give ah inch, dem men go walk all over
Mable: Ah understand wat yuh sayin, but it have some women
does get on as if dey have stones! It mus' be all ah
dat makin' men go wid odder men ....We have to tink ah de
consequences too! Ah doan like dat idea 'bout Men from Mars
ting .... It sound like we isolatin' dem from we.
Dewdrop: Yuh figure out yet where de pastor from? Wen yuh
finish do dat..... yuh mus' invite him to see where yuh from,
an' yuh accomodation an' ting. If he like wat he see, maybe
den he go take yuh to see his launchpad to see his rocketship!
Before yuh know it, both ah all yuh on de Moon!
Mable: I talkin' serious an' you talking nonsense.
Dewdrop: Wha' happen? You really tink you could change de
worl'? Plenty odder people try arready, an all ah dem fail.......
Ghandi, Luther King, Jesus Crist and ah hole lot..... Yuh
have to learn to go wid de flow......
Mable: Is dat same flow self dat killin' we! Yuh cyar see
dat tings can't go on like dis... we go end up like picoplat
stickup on laglee...
Dewdrop: Wat you could do to stop it? Yuh is only one person!
Mable: Dis is why ah want to invite yuh to come to church
wid me on Saturday to hear de message...
Dewdrop: Thanks for de invite but Ah have ah important event
to attend on Saturday and ah can't come..
Mable: What could be so important, dat yuh doan have ah little
time for yuhself?
Dewdrop: De las' time ah miss de Gulf War an' TTT repeatin'
it an' ah cyar miss it again...... After all, dey don't have
a war every day!!