Monday, 17 June 2013

Another Perspective Written by Caldwell Taylor

It was built merely a decade following what the British colonisers called the "Fedon Revolution". It was dedicated in 1813- the biggest public works undertaking in 19th century Grenada. It is the Paradise Bridge, and it is fit to be called "iconic."


The Bridge squats over the "Paradise River" where the water breaks into a liquid carpet, going from roaring speed into mincing laziness. Paradise people never speak of a "Paradise River": the crispy water is the Fun day vo (Fond des Faultes).*


History sheaths the name. And, too, History emits the truth of how a plantation of calloused "hands" (slaves) polished and lifted stones, turning undressed rocks into a humpbacked road.

History is a chalk-dusted teacher: She teaches the wisdom of bridges; how they abhor divide; how they stoop to win; how they make Morrisonian* "break[s] on through the other side."


*Fond des Faultes- a place to "bad talk"; a place to discuss your neighbours' faults. At the Fond des Faults, communities of bare-breasted women washed their rags and washed their mouths on their "enemies".


**Jim Morrison of "The Doors" in a 1967 song- Break on Through (To the Other Side).