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… As I carried out this search for the woman, I was surprised by the number of riverside burial plots there were in the area. A peaceful resting place, I’m sure, but what of hurricanes and landslides? I sat on a wooden post near one of the burial plots contemplating this very question when up walked a woman with elaborate hair. Now, I contend that there were no fewer than 30 multicoloured clips, all strategically positioned, on that head, and my first remark to her was an exclamation of the tremendous strength her neck must hold to support such a burden.

“Tee hee!” she giggled. I introduced myself and she told me to call her Jean. I offered her a seat next to me on the wooden post and asked if she was from Cane River. “No, not me, my cousin dem,” she said, pointing to a nearby roadway.

“Wah meck yuh siddung into di dead yard?” she asked. I told her of my search for Miss Margaret and she, too, denied knowledge of the woman.

Across from us was a grave with the words ‘Platty Heavy’ painted on it. I asked her if people in the area ever worried about the burial plots being so close to the river.

“Nuh really, yuh know,” she said. “Is long time di place stay so, and nothing never happen, so we don’t really have no reason to worry about dat,” Jean explained.

We both got up and started walking together up the road. I told her I would have to resume my search for Miss Margaret another time, since it was getting late and I had no leads.

“Yeah, yuh can do dat,” said Jean. “When mi reach up top, mi will ask ‘bout har, but mi never hear ‘bout nobody name so from mi born. Maybe ah one ah di duppy dem yuh did see, yuh know,” she chuckled. “For yuh love fi siddung inna dead yard, maybe is one of dem love yuh off and teck a set pon yuh!”

I said goodbye and hurried home.

Via Searching for the living in Cane River - Lifestyle - Jamaica Gleaner - Tuesday | January 29, 2013

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