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Living in Caribbean Time

from Nhojj Poetry Vol. 3 by Nhojj



After Trinidad, we visited St. Lucia. What a beautiful island... it reminded me of why I love calling the Caribbean home...


She smiled so sweetly 
As she said
No towels left... come back in 5 minutes

I headed out to the street 
Heart set on...
Coconut water and jelly
I’d been dreaming of this moment

I walked
Like the locals
On the gravel 
On the side of the narrow road 
They generously called highway
Avoiding the puddles 
Topped off daily by rains
In the car ride over here
The coconut man seemed closer
Now the seconds trudged into minutes 

We spoke for a bit 
Me getting prices and hours of operation 
Him getting sale
I wasn’t going to be on the island for long 
But I was going to drink all the coconut water I could 
To make up for all the lost years abroad

With this understanding forming
We smiled at each other 
Coconut man and me
His braids and my locs 
Nodding in some kind of subconscious otherworldly agreement 

Now with joy welling up within my soul
I made my way 
Back to the beach towel lady

Still giving me the sweet eye
5 minutes pass already?

It would be an hour before I got those towels  
I smiled too... it was good to be back
Living in Caribbean time


from Nhojj Poetry Vol. 3, track released August 11, 2018
Written & performed by Nhojj 


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Singer/songwriter and poet wading through the rivers of R&B, soul, jazz, and reggae.

My intention is to create sonic spaces where you can experience yourself through the lens of love and acceptance.

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