Life is the Art of the Possible – Cleve Battick

1. Could you introduce yourself to netizens? 

I am Cleve Battick. I believe that life is the art of the possible. Each person has certain innate capabilities and part of our life’s journey is to find how we can best express this, to the benefit of society. 

2. What’s your nationality? 

I am a citizen of both Canada and Jamaica. 

3. Where are you now? 

I am living and working in the GreaterToronto Area (GTA) in Canada. 

4. Can you compare Canada with your country? 

 Canada is a developed, highly industrialized country, with essentially a social welfare system. On the other hand, Jamaica is a developing country, with a big divide between the social and economic classes.

 Compared to Jamaica, life for many Canadians is relatively okay, with readily accessible medical care and available free primary and secondary education.

 Life in Jamaica is not so easy for many people. But these challenges may have  

given rise to the great creativity of Jamaicans as seen in reggae, dance hall artistes, creative writers, visual artistes and athletes. As they say about this Caribbean isle and  its people, ” We little but tallawah.”

5. What was growing up like? 

Growing up in rural Jamaica was a memorable time, filled with blessings and good, kind family and community people. I grew up in a large, extended family with aunt, uncle, maternal grand mother and sibling/cousins and much love. Home was on a small mixed  farm, with pigs, free range chickens, citrus, coffee, cocoa, bananas and sugarcane.

Helping with the reaping of produce was expected in my early years. Oranges had to be reaped, when the company gave the order. We also harvested bananas and sugarcane.

These experiences no doubt distilled in me a desire to be interested in plants, 

agricultural and environmental issues.

6. What are you into? 

I am into teaching (part-time/supply), as well as promoting environmental awareness and stewardship among students. I do creative writing in my spare time. I also walk in the nearby conservation area/park and take pictures of interesting natural features and add some creative thoughts before sending them to my friends.

7. How did you get into poetry? 

As a youngster in school, I read a lot. I enjoyed writing, reciting poems and doing little parts in plays. I enjoyed listening to music on the transistor radio. But what I did a lot was to make my own songs and do my own weekly song parade, which I performed mainly to myself. At university, though I majored in science, I participated in dramatic productions and did the non-credit poetry writing workshops. I see poetry as the artistic creative expression of the soul. This gives me the freedom to put my thoughts on paper and in performance. In an earlier stage of my working life, I encouraged and organized

interested people in poetry writing and performing. This led to the production of two small anthologies of poetry “Confrontation” and “360…West”, which I shared with others.

8. How are you combining the two? 

I write about educational, scientific and environmental issues. In my classes, I try to make environmental connections to the lesson, as much as possible. I would like to refer to one of my poems, which shows the connections that I make in my writings. It is called Vision 20/20. See the link below. 

9. Tell us your happiest day, so far. 

My happiest day is when I recognise a sense of accomplishment/satisfaction

 in someone whom I have helped. This could be students understanding a

concept or getting a group of people involved in an outdoor/environmental activity or, spending time with a shut-in, who really appreciates it.

10. How about your most embarrassing day? 

My most embarrassing day was probably when I was called out by a teacher. She had suddenly entered the classroom and saw me hitting a boy who had repeatedly hit me. I was defending my self by hitting back. The teacher saw me and rebukingly said “Look at the form monitor!”.

I could feel the piercing eyes of students all over me. I was embarrassed. Even though I was in the second year of High School, I was an elected form representative and expected to always display exemplary behaviour. I have never forgotten that incident.

11. What message do you have for the young ones?

My message is for them to know themselves, their capabilities and work towards their goals. There may be stumbling blocks along the way but, they should use them as stepping stones to achieve their ambition in life.

         Click on this link to open the poem:     Vision 2020.docx

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