Our little friend at the Environment Ministry tells us that Minister Liz Thompson was "in a state" all last week trying to discover the identity of "Hummingbird" – the Environment Ministry insider who has lately been talking to Barbados Free Press and other island media.
According to Hummingbird, during a discussion about two recent Barbados Free Press articles, somebody told Minister Thompson about an earlier BFP article that detailed exactly what Thompson and her deputy had to drink during a lunch-time meeting at the Savannah Hotel. Apparently the Minister appeared to be quite upset that BFP's article "Can Barbados Pee It's Way To More Water?" revealed that she likes white wine with lunch.
Shortly thereafter, senior staffers made the rounds enquiring if anyone had any idea as to the identity of "Hummingbird".
Hey Minister… we're not telling. We did receive this poem today – written by someone who sounds like they know something… but the poem also contains a bit of a threat to hummingbird.
Interesting times on our little island…
A Hummingbird Found Floating In A Soup bowl………….
Oh my little Island in the sun
Where de hell did dat humming bird suddenly come from
Rumors did say is dat she did come from de inside buzzing bout causing trouble
Hoping to get de Minista pun de job, pun de double
Flying bout de place wid de name of de humming bird
Materializing her imagination so she could be heard
Behind de little bird would she try fe hide she face
Prooving dat spiritual wickedness hide in a low place
But one of deeze dayz ya gun see who de humming bird is
When a big wind full of da ocean spray mek she jhuri kurl frizz.
I man know wid deeze motives that wunna should be wary
Cause there are those who didn’t want a humming bird, but ah big ugly brown skinned canary
To go pun de BFP and talk bout what would be a messy shituation
Dat wuz plaguing de east coast of dis little island nation
But lemme get down to what is really behind de humming bird’s motivation
A Bumble B did tell me dat she did want to buy de place and put up a set of comdeminiums. HuM!
Anyways, she would tell dis story to everyone she would meet
And daz why Jah neva mek a bajan humming bird tweet
De only reason de humming bird did talk bout de wata
Is fe try fe embarrass de Honorable Enviroment Minista
But wa she did fuhget to yell wunna is
Bout de morning I did see de humming bird taking a baff in de wata she does call piss.
De I man think that da humming should be carefull doh,
Cause even de country rootsman know
Dat de humming bird should check de wata dat she playing in
Cause to date, de I man never see a humming bird swim.
Poem by "De Unknow Comic" first posted at Barbados Beach Sewage: Environment Ministry Embarrassment Of The Week.
For those unfamiliar with local Barbados landmarks, the "Soup Bowl" is a fabulous surfing location at Bathsheba, and Hummingbird has been speaking with BFP about the failure of the Environment Ministry to address sewage problems in Bathsheba. Thus the title of the poem "A Hummingbird Found Floating In A Soup Bowl"
UPDATE – A Reader Comments…
FEAR OF VICTIMIZATION
The writer of the poem "A Hummingbird Found Floating In A Soup bowl" is obviously fearful and threatens Hummingbird.
The fear of speaking out is not going to make things any better in Barbados.
If we had more Hummingbirds around here perhaps Barbados would be in a far better position.
Speak out. There is safety in numbers.