By Roland E. Williams

We were in the spring of our love, and ever so happy

The flames of our lust enveloped us still in ecstasy

Your smiles never failed to bring joy to my days, and my nights

Our deep love brought us each day to greater, and newer, heights

We were rebels who had been freed from life’s wicked bondage

Each with grand promises to never return to that cage

Except one created by the purest love, true and real

A commitment both of us were all too eager to seal

Then came life and, so too, worldly matters and daily hum

Against which even our love could do nothing but succumb

Our love no longer enslaved us, for it was unable

And you left; it was the first I had seen  snow in April

Birth of a dream

By Roland E. Williams

You stand before me, perfectly calm

Your eyes interlocked with mine

The gentlest smile embraces your lips

As I sit in awesome adoration

Your body completes my happiness

After hearing your beatific voice

And witnessing your suave elegance

Followed by the touch of your skin

As breathless an appearance you are

It is you who has given me breath

Borne to the promise of all this

Is this delightful dream I have of you


By Roland E. Williams

The signs were always there to see

But it was just not time for that

But when, indeed, the time had come

The blindfolds vanished one by one

The directions we were then shown

Were seemingly different ones

Just like many roads lead to Rome

Both of our roads lead to the one

We stand now, still so far apart

On the verge of pure happiness

Our endless love was long written

In the annals of history

What have I done

By Roland E. Williams

My heart can bear no more

It is a dying heart

It is falling apart

Cell for microscopic cell

Hurt for lasting hurt

Pain for unbearable pain

Tear for heartfelt tear

What have I done

How can I forget this

How can I forgive this

When have you last seen their joyful smiles?

When have you last heard their beating hearts?

When have you last felt their gentle touches?

When have you last gazed at their gleaming eyes?

When have you last learned what they have learned?

When have you last known what it is like to have them around?

A Profile of Love

By Roland E. Williams

She does not raise her hand to wipe her tear

She wants it there for there’s no reason to remove it.

It is the joy she has derived from all he is,

To her, he is, all that and so much more.

She has made him all this, if only she knew

She has made her heart feel this joy

And she has made her tears show this joy

She has made it possible to love him so deeply

She has made him love her so deeply

And her tears have made his tears

And her joy has made his joy

And her heart is witness to his

showing how much hers has given his.

She has received freely, that which she has given  freely

And she has given more than his share’s worth

And so shall receive now endlessly, on and on

Till forever has come and gone…

I Am Me

By Roland E. Williams

I am the burden of your soul

I am the weight around your ankles

I am the sorrow in your heart

I am the death of your phoenix

I am the doom of your innocence

I am the evil of your ways

I am the Nemesis of your straying

I am the vengeance of your spirit

I am me

A Story That Never Ends

By Roland E. Williams

The shyness of your laughter

The tenderness of your words

The contents of your heart

The fullness of your voice

The freshness of your thoughts

The sincerity of your advice

The eternity of your friendship

The boundlessness of your truth

The completeness of your honesty

The whisper of your friendliness

The embrace of your companionship

The serene respect of you forgiving

The pain of those moments we had

The joy when they were passed and gone

That contagious sound most heard!

The righteousness of a true friend

The firmness of your willingness

The question not answerable

About all that this says

That it is quite a bit

THAT it never is nor will be

‘tis the beginning of beginnings

Of this wonder of wonders

This muse of amazement

This goddess of inner beauty

This…story that never ends…

This saint who is you

Heritage of Poetry

By Roland E. Williams

Is my poetry solely for me?

Or must I share it?

Is that not a question already answered?

By the many who said they liked what they read?

Is my poetry part of man’s heritage?

Is anyone’s poetry meant to be?

Or do we choose which will?

But if we do, have we the right criteria?

If I made mine solely mine

It shall always be my heritage

And so too my legacy

Then, too, what do I seek to do with it?

Do we emulate?

Do we combine?

Must we create?

Or can we leave it at re-creation?

Do we mimic?

Do we complement?

Must we use it all?

Or can we stay away from it all?

Drum Roll Please? No Need To Ask Twice Once Drum Ninja’s In The House!

By Faye-Chantelle Mondesir

Finding one’s self isn’t exactly an easy feat in a world complete with diverse personalities, a fair share of life prospects, topped up with sometimes unavoidable perplexities. Young, zealous and extremely high-spirited Caleb McDowell somehow at the ripe age of sweet sixteen discovered PURPOSE! With this being by far one of life’s pivotal sought-after treasures, the brutal reality is that most youth progress into adulthood — still on a quest to establish themselves within their own, authentic niches.

It is certainly no surprise McDowell answers to the name ‘Drum Ninja‘, expressing his manual fortitude and ability to glide effortlessly across the surface of his most treasured drum set, with a little help from a basic tool — his drum sticks. This remarkable flexibility is an astounding talent many who genuinely appreciate the artform marvel at — a refined skill which the ‘Musical Ninja’ often makes seem oh so simple!

Young Caleb McDowell, ‘Drum Ninja‘ in the Making

A self-motivated, disciplined musician and very determined drummer, he also discovered he could sing and with these combined skills plummeted deeply into the professional music world head-on — with the aim of embracing whatever great opportunities lay ahead for him to explore within the industry.

So what really inspires Caleb? He shared a bit of his core identity with In The SpotLyght Feature Magazine, “I am the 26-year-old bandleader of the OV Band.” For those who for the first time are discovering this emerging creative group, OV represents Ocean View. The in-depth story behind the unit and the name which gave birth to it, will later unfold in an upcoming ‘Centre Stage’ feature.

Caleb continues to tell us, “I come from a religious background, where I grew up playing in church and at local gigs from a tender age.” This all makes sense, considering the vast amount of worldwide talent which has blossomed to the point of global fame out of humble spiritual beginnings.

The intriguing conversation rolled on with In The SpotLyght, “Music has been my career choice for as far as I can remember and is still one of the key driving forces behind my passion and purpose,” he went on to disclose. “Eventually throughout the years — I decided to expand my musical vocabulary. I ventured into secular music with mainstream genres such as Dancehall, Soca, Reggae, Funk, Soul among others.”

Manoeuvring the Drum Machine like a True Master in the Making

The daring drummer concluded, “Along my musical journey, I’ve had the honour of being part of several bands both locally and regionally, including DYP, Evalucian, Black Sheep and Envoice Band to single out a few.” For those wondering how a young man short of three decades has successfully collaborated with more than a few handfuls of musicians and creatives, the answer he resounds is very simple,”Music is my purpose!”

Those of you who may have marvelled at some of the greats within the industry — we can confidently say that Caleb McDowell, a real Drum Ninja — is living proof of how passion propels no matter the age. He, like other young men before him, is a musical mentor for young aspiring male and female drummers alike.

He drums to the Beat of ‘Purpose’!

Caleb has passed the musical litmus test for maturity, steadfast discipline and commitment and has effectively demonstrated how to relentlessly press toward one’s musical mark, no matter the hurdles which may arise along the journey. This is surely a lesson every musician in the making needs to know!

The goal for Caleb can be encapsulated in this seven letter word ‘SUCCESS‘. For this gifted guy, average just won’t suffice — he aims for the heights of success and has ‘purposed‘ that he won’t lay his drum sticks down until his mission is accomplished!

It’s Truly No Surprise Alex Klein’s Stage Name is SAWLTY!

By Faye-Chantelle Mondesir

From the historically rich community of Vieux Fort, located on the most southern tip of Saint Lucia and named after a fort which once overlooked Saint Vincent — sprung talented Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist and Drummer Alex Klein. ‘SAWLTY’ is the name you will hear Alex being called and this is no surprise — observing the flavour this prolific artiste brings to the stage during his live performances.

Alex is highly commended by his comrades and within his musical cliques, for his uniquely diverse flair when delivering the music he sings best — contemporary gospel. From a ripe, young age, Sawlty began both composing and penning original songs which were undeniably different from traditional music of the same genre. This has always been a natural practice for him, having been appreciating and experimenting with the artform from as far back as he can recall.

Alex Klein A.K.A. SAWLTY

The young creative has performed at school concerts and camp activities, backed by ‘SALT’, his brother’s band. ‘The collaborative group has featured at ISCCF events, ‘Praise Explosion’ 2013 and the National Prophetic Youth Convention. Securing the sought-after third place position at Youth Fest 2012/ 2013 increased Alex’s popularity. His performances have since been sustained, greatly impacting audiences with his unique style which dexterously fuses singing with rap.

Multitalented, crafty, distinctly soulful — as a reborn believer and follower of Jesus Christ, SAWLTY shares through music — the hope and freedom he has discovered and now enjoys through his close connection with God.

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