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Trinidad & Tobago is the southernmost island in the Caribbean.

red is the red rum 
and blood of the Amazon...
the Scarlet Ibis

black is the black gold
and dark days of soul and slave...
the pitch in the lake

white is cane sugar
and bones and ghosts of Empire...
flag of my fathers

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For the Haiku - Senyru 
or 3 line verse flag contest.


Trinidad Flag Colours:  
 Red - White - Black.

Note: Trinidad is famous for its red rum among other things.
         It is the home of steelband, calypso, limbo, Angostura Bitters,
         the Pitch Lake, and of course Carnival. Like most islands
         in the Caribbean it has a spectacular natural beauty and
         is often referred to as the land of the hummingbird.
         The Scarlet Ibis is the national bird of Trinidad.
         Black Gold is oil and natural gas - our largest export.
         The Arawak and Carib tribes of the Amazon were 
         the original inhabitants.
        "Empire" refers to the British Empire and its slave trade used
         to plant, harvest and mill the valuable cane sugar.
         Trinidad gained independence in 1962.



       July 2015

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Date: 8/17/2015 8:58:00 PM
Keith.. I get chills when I read of the pride you take in your flag and what it represents. A stunning tribute to your land and a fabulous first place winner!
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Date: 8/9/2015 11:34:00 PM
Great to know about your national pride Keith! Congrats on big win!
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Date: 8/9/2015 2:02:00 AM
A worthy tribute to a nation with such a painful history and, speaking as an Englishman, one I'm not proud of. great write, Keith, well done. Regards, Viv
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Date: 8/8/2015 10:50:00 PM
KEITH, Congratulations on your Flag win....... SKAT
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Date: 8/6/2015 9:37:00 PM
It's great knowing a bit more of your nation and its history through this, Keith. Congrats! hugs
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 8/6/2015 10:55:00 PM
Thanks Kim. I haven't been back for a visit in 29 years but home is home. God bless!
Date: 7/31/2015 7:19:00 PM
Keith.. Congrats on a beautiful expression of national pride.. Your winning write inspired me!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 8/6/2015 10:57:00 PM
Thanks LM. Sorry to say though that I am not as proud of my country as I once was. A lot has changed.
Date: 7/27/2015 9:07:00 PM
Keith, Congratulations on your awesome win. every poem has been an honor to read. Love LINDA
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Date: 7/27/2015 6:59:00 AM
i like the graceful image here; so well done and unique, keith... be proud of your flag!.. huggs
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Date: 7/24/2015 10:54:00 PM
I think you did an excellent job with your set here. Congrats in the contest.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 7/25/2015 6:20:00 AM
Thanks Andrea. Appreciate your comments.
Date: 7/24/2015 5:56:00 PM
lovely string of haiku many congrats:-) hugs Jan xx You should enter this in Judy Kono's contest too:-) xxx
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JAN ALLISON
Date: 7/25/2015 6:39:00 AM
you must! Hugs Jan xx
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 7/25/2015 6:17:00 AM
Thanks Jan, maybe I will.
Date: 7/23/2015 10:38:00 PM
Wonderful haikus Keith! Congrats on big win!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 7/25/2015 6:16:00 AM
Lovely to hear from you Doc. Appreciate it.
Date: 7/23/2015 7:59:00 PM
THANK YOU.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 7/25/2015 6:15:00 AM
Thanks again Skat.
Date: 7/20/2015 4:21:00 PM
vivid visuals of your flag, keith... so nice to know more of your heritage.. very nice piece.. hugga
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 7/20/2015 6:45:00 PM
Thanks so much Nette. Lovely to hear from you!