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By Gillena Cox
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Glitter and sparkle everywhere
Respond to the sun’s rays
Bodies gyrate to the sweet sound
Of steel and brass band music
Colours offered up in kaleidoscope
As the merry monarch reigns
For two days

Monday and Tuesday
Belong to King Carnival
His loyal subjects
Raise hearts and hands
In wanton abandon
Libations of sweat
Cleanse the system of worry and care

Appeased by the rhythm on these frenzied days
Offerings to the altar of creativity
Witnesses throng in their thousands
This spectacle in the sun
Ash Wednesday his kingdom bites the dust

Carnival (c) gillena cox 2003
First published 2003 in Muses Whispers Vol 2

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Submitted: Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Last Updated: Monday, September 25, 2006

About the Poet
I live in Trinidad of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; a multi ethnic, multi religious society. I write poetry for the sheer joy of crafting my feelings, my emotions my thoughts. I enjoy the challenge of abstraction in writing haiku. Married to Anthony Cox in 1971; we have a daughter Yanda and a son Khama. I was born in 1950 First grandchild: a grand-daughter born October 2012 My profile is a 2013 photo (poet bio updated 2013)

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