Mama Tama: A Window in Time Louise Garvey
I am the spirit of Mama Tama,
Taken out of Africa,
Planted in many lands.
And engaging with the needs
Of the community.
Sowing seeds of tolerance,
And a will to succeed
As my life blood marches on
Changes in way of life
And new ways of thinking.
Feel the beating heart of St Ann’s
And its richness in a diverse community.
Feel the pain of a broken community,
Hear the voices of our children,
See the needs of our young people,
Open your hearts and arms to the Elders,
See the needs
And give of yourselves.
I am the spirit of Mama Tama.
I have survived many turbulent times,
Serving many- many masters
But I survived.
I am a strong and proud young woman.
I’ve had many children and left footprints
For posterity through my children
And all the generations to come.
My spirit cries out for tolerance,
Love, laughter, sharing
And passing on the values
Of honouring the Ancestors
And the legacy they left behind.
Of rich customs,
Arts and crafts
And the rights to honor and value humanity
Every generation has a window in time.
The blood of our Ancestors
Continues to flow through each new birth
In the ever moving migration of people,
Joining of nations
And the legacy we leave behind.
The life blood of the Ancestors
Flows richly in this place, Great Britain,
Through the generations of people of all nations,
Bound together in improving each other’s lives
With dignity, togetherness,
Determination, sharing, caring
And the will to succeed.
The wind of change moves on in Great Britain.
A people of faith, hope,
Sowing and harvesting.
I am the spirit of Mama Tama
With outstretched hands in this,
Our window in time.
Heed the words and gift
Of legacy eternal,
Bringing communities together.