Ora Friu Kuminsa / When Cold Sets In by Izaline Calister (trans. by Stephanie Hasham)
Close your eyes, climb Mount Christoffel, and look out… enjoy the view of Bandabou, dushi Curaçao, blue water, rocks, drought and infrou (cactus)
Take a deep breath, savor the salty air of Wèspèn, it’s been so long… Don’t forget the scent of the Plaza, trade wind and flamboyant.
When cold sets in or when life isn’t going your way, thank god you can still reminisce about your youth in the sun… lovely place where I let my dreams take me.
Taste your tears, they’re as salty as the island’s after-work sweat, as salty as karnisá, bakíou, a good stobá, funchi ku piská, guiambo, kadushi or salmou.
Take a shower… let your imagination carry you to a beach with friends around a barbecue… a Sunday filled with sun, music and youth.
When it gets cold or when life isn’t going your way, when money is tight, when rain pours down from the sky or when you’re lonely for a companion, thank god you can still reminisce about your youth in the sun… with love…