“… to Spoiler is the same old khaki socks,
All Frederick Street, stinking like a closed drain
Hell is a city like Port of Spain, what the rain rots, the sun ripens some more,
All in due process and within the law…”
— Derek Walcott, “The Spoiler’s Return”
Next week Monday thousands of us will be compelled to celebrate our Jouvert in the stink and the filth and with the enduring shame that today, this is our capital city, a place where the benefits of the billions dispensed from the booms of two energy “lotteries” remain largely invisible.