What Have We Become?

Bajan Pride

Bajan Pride

Submitted by Norman Dat

What have we become?
We call ourselves civilized
Maybe to some
We’ve left the mechanized
And become so dumb
Become so computerized
But our minds so numbed
Are still cluttered with evil
With sparks
To lend an ear to the devil

How so-called civilized are we when
From bottom to top
We’re ready to criticize our fellow men
At a hat’s drop
Before we can count from one to ten
We can’t stop
So illogical
To pass judgment before a trial
So quickly
Reinforcing it with every denial
Look at us
We see ourselves as sophisticated
More than plus
But our brains are still mechanized
Full of pus
And old biases still to be eradicated
In space
We’re proud of our every achievement
On earth
And we’ve destroyed our environment

Some of us are advanced and powerful
Yet they moan
Use their position and become hateful
Like a bad bone
It’s scary when power becomes spiteful
On their own
Bringing the downtrodden
Down to their humble bent knees
Becoming blind
Seeing the forest and not the trees
We wrap ourselves in our own compartment
In invisible cages
We have come far yet lack good judgement
Behaving like sages
Achieving less in the thinking department
And other stages
As we idle
Drooling and end up doodling
Paying no heed
Whom do we think we are fooling?
Even the young and the innocent
Becoming real asses
We are always sheer hell bent
Making obscene passes
For our own selfish fulfillment
Trampling the masses
Abusing our women
Coloreds and natives
Abusing children
Using many superlatives

We’re trying to find out what’s up there
With A1 technology
They say it’s the survival of our welfare
Yet no one can see
Our numerous earthly problems here
Like the economy
Like the rich
And the haves and the have-nots
Like politicians
Using words, promises and buts
We try hard to make contact
With the unknown
But down here we fail to act
With our very own
We can’t communicate is a fact
We can’t set the tone
With the Nazis of that despotic regime
Skinheads, shitheads as we dilly dally
With war lords, druglords, just scums
As we’re held hostages here emotionally
We haven’t learnt with our fellow man
To appreciate life
Fighting one another whenever we can
With mean strife
Leaping farther than the eye can scan
With our knife
Still prejudiced
As we pray and play in close hypocrisy
Yet through our veins
All have red blood fl owing profusely

We’ve come along way looking fine
But look behind
At the bread-line and the soup-line
Trying to find
Whilst the above thinking only of mine
Turning an eye
Scorning the homeless in city shelter
And the handicapped
As the sick and lame run helter skelter
Some have hearts as black as tar
Inept gov’ts. neglecting their population
And spent most money on war
Let their country-men die of dehydration
And aid has to come from afar
From others to prevent mass starvation
What have we become
Are these men or weevils
To turn their backs
On their wretched peoples
When the Hippocratic Oath is discarded
By our medical doctors
Behaving as if they are mentally retarded
Becoming abusers
Abusing women who once regarded
These professionals as healers
It’s more than a medical shame
When in this fi eld we lose respect for those
Whom we can unequivocally blame
For our medical and all emotional throes

Do we only feel when we are hurting
When the ones involved
Are our own kith and kin that are dying
Do we feel absolved
When we help ’cause it’s embarrassing
Or let it be resolved
By the living
When folks of our own native land
Are dying
And we can’t give a helping hand
What have we done to our history
When the truth we do twist
To give heroic pictures to our story
Clouded by an irregilous mist
As we colour our patriots with glory
Ridiculing the others on the list
Making the Battle of the “Little Big Horn” a curse
As the General Custer made his last stand between
Defiant Sitting Bull and the cagey Crazy Horse
Wiping out 261 soldiers, Majors Reno and Benteen

What have we become when we change
Documents to please our command
When we still can’t find the range
The big damage a little bullet did and
How after over 40 years, so strange
Experts are still trying to understand
What happened that fatal day
When in Dallas they shot Kennedy
Even the experts would not say
It was a disgraceful conspiracy

The Neo-Nazis are forming their bases
Preachers of the non-existence of the Holocaust
Making a come-back in some places
These apologies are repeating the painful past
And many are turning away their faces
At the awesome Auschwitz memories which will last
The same kind of belief which gassed 30 million Jews
Are camouflaged today as ethnic cleansing
The poor folks of Sarajevo and Bosnia can’t choose
And evil prosper when good men do nothing

Can we teach our kids about decency
When our leaders die by assassination
Because of their civil rights policy
When we do not like their pigmentation
Trying to turn back the hand of history
Just because some have might
To stifl e his dreams
The Rev. Martin Luther was murdered
When he told the truth
Then Malcolm X’s belief was destroyed
What have we become when we clamour
With no shame
For Gold from rich Brazil without amour
To you it’s the same
But to others who never tasted the glamour
It’s more than a game
That gold was mined with chemicals
That gold on your neck and your fingers
Has already taken million lives
By poisoned mercury in the Amazon waters

Look what is the result
When we worship the devil and the dead
A real ungodly insult
When we moved away from the Godhead
To a no-name brand cult
When to witchcraft our souls we shed
Making it the order of the day
Is this the end of the world?
When lesbians, homos have more say
As their evil flag they unfurl?

Man the killer
Who destroys everything
Man the eater
Who eats anything
Who leaves nothing
Who destroys the fauna
Kills the whales and dolphins
Man the taker
Who destroys the flora
Will have to pay for his sins
What’ve we become we’ve changed
So very little
Is it because we are racially deranged?
Becoming brittle
When Negro-lynching was not so strange
As we whittle
At disadvantages
Now it is encouraged surreptously
As we whoop, holler and shout
As heads are turned as churches burn
As disadvantages are carried out
How careless can man become
To have eyes and not see
When the gov’t look after only some
Only worrying about the invisible enemy
As the same rhetoric they hum
Promising 4 more years to prosperity
Yet will now have to spend billions in aid
More costly than some flood defences
More costly than the priceless Free Trade

What have we become when
Wives are addicted to soap operas
Where men run around with other women
As watchers try to imitate the actors
And when the kids reach the age of ten
They too try to be young imitators
Whereas time spent watching soaps
Can be used to mould the young
Making them good decent citizens
Disciplined with a civil tongue
When blind-faith is in question
When we lose faith in the military
With botched investigation
Like in the Iowa in the US navy
With a blundering explosion
When young servicemen were killed
Mothers can’t get the answers
How can you have a trial for the evils
By those who think they are above God
With leaders as obnoxious as weevils
How dumb or heartless can we be
When we sacrifice our own for politics
Sell our mother in the name of ideology
As in the case of the SS Lusitania
Or using the SS Greer
To lure Americans in World War II
Or to defy the above
Calling the Titanic unsinkable
Trying to play God
Such acts are unpardonable

Look at what we have become
We become so involved in aids thus
We have succumbed
Refusing to think it can’t happen to us
After being bombarded
By scary propaganda without any trust
That aids is chiefly spread we hear
Through anal sex chiefly
Which in diverse ways gay partners share
A price for which they pay dearly
What are we becoming?
When we give full sanction
To our kids watching
Jerry Springer in action
Or the disgusting wrestling
Where grown-ups in concoction
Selling their souls, pity
Leaving the young in exposition
To trash and stupidity
Hampering their intellect and vision
When our kids act so stupidly
When our youths show no care
Showing no respect for their body
As we hear every day on the air
On Drs. Laura and Brown Radio comedy
Where our young women without fear
Their promiscuity is rampant despite aids
Thinking with their vagina
Dumb pastime of just getting laid
As they sink into the gutter

I grew up in Guyana as a lad
I had looked forward for the time
When I can be glad and not sad
To the future which looks sublime
Many like me felt we’ve been had
By leaders who are slippery slime
By merchants not from Venice but every city
Who judge everything by the dollar sign
Have forgotten the basics of life in this society
Who never think of ours but only of mine.


13 Comments on “What Have We Become?”

  1. Dompey October 29, 2016 at 6:50 AM #

    The answer to all the evil man does on earth can be founded in the books of the Bible. Our very experience tells us that man is incapable of resisting evil for any extended period of time, and it all has to do with the lot bestowed to the human family by disobedience of Adam and Eve. And if you believe in a Higher Power? Then you must of course accept the course which our human life has taken because it was all preordained by the hands of the one sit on high and looks down low.


  2. chad99999 October 29, 2016 at 7:40 AM #

    Between 1900 and 1950, nearly 100 million people were killed in two world wars and a war between Japan and China.

    Since then, men have virtually given up war ( except in Africa and the Middle East ), and many men have relinquished their power to women. All the major Western powers have turned into feminist societies.

    In prior centuries, men fought to dominate Nature and kill any plant or animal who interfered with their plans and projects. Today, not so much.

    So the verse maker is behind the times, complaining about behaviour that has long ago subsided or disappeared.


  3. Well Well & Consequences October 29, 2016 at 8:51 AM #

    Chad…too bad for you that men screwed up everything, you are now complaining about the effects of those screw ups…lol

    I wish people would start looking beyond the bible, the picture is much bigger than that.


  4. Dompey October 29, 2016 at 11:14 AM #

    Well Well

    “I wish people would start looking beyond the Bible”

    Listen! The past with its good and evil lives in the present Well Well. And when the criminologists or the psychology tries to understand why the psychopath does what he do the both of them goes back to his childhood. It is no more different than trying to understand the collective psyche of the human race, so you go back to the Bible which it the beginning.


  5. Dompey October 29, 2016 at 11:20 AM #

    Well Well
    Unless you believe in the Darwinian Evolutionary Theory -which has no real factual basis in reality as far as I am concerned.


  6. Well Well & Consequences October 29, 2016 at 11:41 AM #


  7. Well Well & Consequences October 29, 2016 at 11:42 AM #

    It’s becsuse that’s all you know Dompey, so let’s leave it at that.


  8. Dompey October 29, 2016 at 12:35 PM #

    Well Well

    What is your purpose for putting Angela Davis’ video onto besmear the Clintons? And was she even in this country during the 1990s, or was she still exiled in Cuba at the time? People often talk about President Clinton legislation with forced the mass incarceration of African Americans, but how about taking a step back and looking at the number of gangs that were in Los Angeles, New York, Louisiana and Michigan that run the streets of America red in the 1990s?


  9. Well Well & Consequences October 29, 2016 at 1:56 PM #

    Go read ya bible Dompey.


  10. chad99999 October 29, 2016 at 7:53 PM #


    Only black women in the thrall of mindless feminism would vote for Goldwater Girl and Deputy Chief Jailer Hillary Clinton.

    Any black man voting for Hillary either depends on her for his job or is a complete fool.

    Let us hope The Donald can close the vote gap. Go Trump!


  11. Violet C Beckles October 30, 2016 at 1:19 AM #

    Barbados became all the things it was sold out for by the DBLP government , when crime fraud and laundering of money and history became common place,
    You dont know what you dont know and dont know what to ask or who to get answers to what you dont know to help your self to move from stupid,

    The Barbados Bible is the Ministers and Lawyers for fools , No Rule of law ,


  12. Well Well & Consequences October 30, 2016 at 3:06 AM #


    Why do these ministers always want to build something new…utilize the old dilapidated government has allowed to run to ruin across the island and that just needs refurbishing…this ass would look to build a 60 million dollar building to repair garbage trucks.

    Just like the other ass Estwick…built a 60 million dollar BWA building to import river water from Suriname…how much more stupid do these ministers have to get before the people throws them out of parliament.


  13. Well Well & Consequences October 30, 2016 at 3:08 AM #

    ….old dilapidated government buildings…


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