Monday, October 15, 2012


the old post office
aged to ruin -
ti marie blooms

--gillena cox

Historic Mayaro.2 - Book Club Lime (Saturday October 13th) continues...

When we get to the old post office, which was opened in 1921, we garner from 82 year old Michael Anthony, this place as extremely special to him; which he attributes to the genesis of his career as a writer. It was here, next door, in a carat house, he lived with his mother.
The post mistress Olga Cuffie gave him books to read from her personal collection. He recalls reading books, such titles as - Wind in The Willows, Alice In Wonderland, Tom Brown's School Days (one of his favourites), books by Charles Dickens, and many others.
His life experiences, growing up next to this building, influenced the writing of his novels, two of which he made mention - The Year In San-Fernando and also Green Days By The River
where once roses bloomed -
a thousand pleas fill our hearts
for restoration

--gillena cox

It was however, quite redeeming, to hear that The Mayaro Historical Society has pledged itself, to renovations of the historic old Mayaro Post Office, including setting up a restoration fund.

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Blogger Molly said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog site. I looked up Michael Anthony on Wikipedia. How wonderful that from those small beginnings of living near the post office and the kindness of Olga Cuffie in loaning him those books to read, that little act of kindness led to a treasured, talented author producing 30 books - wonderful. I do hope the post office is restored to its former glory.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Molly, welcome to Lunch Break; thank you for your kind thoughts on Mayaro Old Post Office

much love...

3:09 PM  
Blogger Michael Baribeau said...

onion fields-
nearing our old house
we roll down the windows

12:29 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Michael, what a lovely haiku; thank you for dropping in

much love...

4:46 PM  

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