Patsy Adams has published another collection of poems on Anguillian themes. This slim volume, Windows to Yesteryear contains poems about Anguilla's history, culture, and sea, and was produced in conjunction with the National Trust. Here is one of Patsy's poems from her new book
Note: Jumbees (spirits) and rum jumbees (pedestrian alcoholics) are now seldom heard or seen in Anguilla. John Boy walkin in de night all alone Stop and look cause he hear a soft moan. Saw a baby jumbee sittin near a tree He say, "John Boy come and keep me company. Click To advance
Long, long ago, there was thousans of us now eletric lights come an we are dispussed.
We had excellent times in de buryin grung Because in dat place no human hang arung..
We used to trick ya parents upon de tird day After their loved one had passed away. We would laugh and roar in our ghostly woice After we see big people running away from us.
We would take funny shapes and make spooky sounds As soon as the evening sun went dung
We did rule Anguilla from duss till dawn Then hide in de tamarin trees at morn.
Now me oldfolks dead. Oh cuss de eletric light Not a jumbee friend nowhere in sight.
Ah beg ya tell ya leaders, whatebber demm do Dat we is part of de enwirement too. Who could be so cruwell to stop de fun Of de boys and girls after set of de sun?
Please tell dem turn off de current real fass cause I - Rum Jumbee- is one of de lass." John Boy walkin in de night all alone No longer afaraid of dat jumbee soft moan.
Please tell dem to share dis PowerPoint Show cause I - Xiby- would like to see it go! Where is Anguilla located?: Anguilla is located in the Caribbean Sea, the northern most island in the Leeward Island chain. Nearest neigbour to the south is St. Martin, a distance of 4 miles. A ferry runs from the harbour to the Princess Julianna Airport in Sint Maarten. For more on Anguilla’s history click: http://www.anguilla-vacation.com/history.htm