Gillena Cox (1950)
Biography of Gillena Cox
1950, born to Mary Stroude and Job Mitchell in St. Georges Grenada; migrated to Trinidad around age four to five. Spent a brief spell in Caroni then we moved to Chaguanas; i was sent to live with my Aunt Olive and Uncle Eyrie in Prince Street, Port of Spain during my mother's pregnancy with my first sister. In Port of Spain i attended, Eastern Private School - a nursery school. My Port of Spain stay was short, then back to Chaguanas. I have a hazy memory of my father taking me on his bike to another nursery school in, Chaguanas. Then i was signed into Seereram Memorial Hindu school, which was on the street where we lived, the headmaster lived next door to us. Even though we were Catholic, as a child growing up with my parents, i recall, my father was not a church goer, i attended the Saint Phillip and St James Roman Catholic church; there, i received the sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation.
Though Seereram Memorial Hindu school was not a nursery school; my first really 'big school' attendance was at Chaguanas Government School, way down in the Woodford Lodge area; a very long walk to and from school; from there i passed my Common Entrance Exam, and was placed in 1962, to The San Juan Government Secondary School in Saddle Road, San Juan; spending five years with an extra year's call back for some students of which i was one.
I entered the world of work in June 1968 as a temporary clerk one in The Ministry of Works, Stores Branch which was situated in London Street, Port of Spain. Worked in different ministries, then after application, got into the Central Library at Queens Park East.
1971 due to unpleasant, unsettled, longstanding issues with my father; i moved to an apartment in Sydney Street, Port of Spain.
Also in 1971, August, i got married to Anthony Cox, we met and were both working as temporary clerks at the library. We have a daughter, Yanda 1971; and a son Khama,1973.
In 1972 we moved from his parents home, into our home in St James.
In 1978 Anthony had a hankering to broaden his horizons, and considered so to do, by leaving on a government loan to study art in New York.
During his absence, I dated, but my longing for my husband created a block, so that i never got serious or close enough to another man; i continued here in Trinidad with my responsibilities as a mother, part time studies, and my public service career in libraries; up until my resignation 2003, from The Library - Ministry of Planning and Development of the Financial Tower, Independence Square in Port of Spain.
In 2003, i joined my church choir in St James; St Mary's Senior Choir and left the choir in July 2011; rejoined in March 2013
As a retiree i continue to deepen my poetry writing hobby via internet groups and webs. In 2007 i had my first solo publication a book of haiku poems titled 'Moments' published by authorhouse UK.
As a hobbist i delved into crochet - garments, bedspreads, tablecloths, doilies; theatre going, fine art exhibitions, but today poetry and photography tops my list.
Though still married, i live alone, i now have one granddaughter born October 2012
The words i love best; to speak aloud, to whisper, to think, to imagine are - Jesus is Lord to the glory of God Almighty.
*(Bio updated March 2013)
Gillena Cox's Works:
1. Moments. Gillena Cox. Author House.2007. Color (8.5x8.5) . ISBN 9781434318411.
2. Pink Crush Gillena Cox. Author House.2011
(8x5) ISBN 9781456779801
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By midday the sun’s scorching might
Penetrates the hapless
Tiniest worth of life in sight
A desire for the shaded
Those hydrated places
Where of a thirst you can be rid
Noon time treasured spaces