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Abigail Palma
Delano Brooks

THE POET – MARK MCWATT



Mark McWatt was born in Georgetown, Guyana on the
29th September, 1947. In 1966 he attended the University
of Toronto where he took special courses in English and
Literature. He also enrolled at the University of Leeds to
do a Ph.D. in English. He is currently Professor of West
Indian Literature and Head of the department of
Language, Linguistics and Literature at the University of
the West Indies, Cave Hill.

McWatt’s academic research has been mostly in the field of West Indian and especially Guyanese Literature, and he
has published extensively in this field. One of his
publications is the poem “Ol’ Higue” which presents a
combination of both his extensive knowledge of English
Literature and Guyanese culture and folklore, from where
the Ol’ Higue is considered to be derived.

OL’ HIGUE
You think I like all this stupidnessgallivanting all night without skin Burning myself out like cane –fire
To frighten the foolish?
And for what? A few drops of baby blood?
You think I wouldn’t rather
take my blood seasoned in fat
black-pudding, like everyone else?
And don’t even talk ‘bout the pain of salt
And having to bend these old bones down
To count a thousand grains of rice

If only babies didn’t smell so nice!
And if I could only stop
Hearing the soft, soft call
Of that pure blood running in new veins,
Singing the sweet song of life
Tempting an old, dry-up woman who been
Holding her final note for years,
Afraid of the dying hum…

Then again, if I didn’t fly and come
to that fresh pulse in the middle of the
night,
how would you, mother,
name your ancient dread,
And who to blame
for the murder inside your head…?
Believe me –
As long as it have women giving birth
A poor ol’ higue like me can never dead.

LINE BY LINE ANALYSIS OF THE POEM
“You think I like all this stupidnessgallivanting all night without skin Burning myself out like cane –fire
To frighten the foolish?”
The Ol’ Higue makes clear that she does not enjoy
hunting and considers it senseless as she has to
put out so much effort.

“And for what? A few drops of baby blood?
You think I wouldn’t rather
take my blood seasoned in fat
black-pudding, like everyone else?”
She is very unsatisfied with the fruit of her labour
– baby blood. She yearns to eat delicious food like
normal people.
“And don’t even talk ‘bout the pain of salt
And having to bend these old bones down
To count a thousand grains of rice”
She laments the physical pain she is forced to
endure to do a tedious task.

“If only babies didn’t smell so nice!
And if I could only stop
Hearing the soft, soft call
Of that pure blood running in new veins, “
There is a volta, as the Ol’ Higue’s attitude changes. She admits that she is addicted to baby blood and she cannot
help but drink it.
“Singing the sweet song of life
Tempting an old, dry-up woman who been
Holding her final note for years,
Afraid of the dying hum…”
Also, she reveals that she has been living this way for a
long time because she is fearful of death.

“Then again, if I didn’t fly and come
to that fresh pulse in the middle of the night,
how would you, mother,
name your ancient dread,
And who to blame
for the murder inside your head…?”
Here, the Ol’ Higue addresses the suspicions held by some
that she might not exist. She makes it clear that she is the only one that could be responsible for such acts, dismissing any doubts.
“Believe me –
As long as it have women giving birth
A poor ol’ higue like me can never dead.”
The final comment of the Ol’ Higue: she will live forever as long as there are babies to hunt, is spoken in a very sure
manner.

SUMMARY


The poem is about the Ol’ Higue – a type of vampire in
West Indian superstition. She is an old woman who goes
“gallivanting all night without skin”, turns into a ball of fire and goes about sucking the blood of babies. The Ol’... Show More

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