“We started to think about the empire more than we thought of the garden, and then nothing mattered but the empire. But they have put the two of them together now. The empire and the garden. We are to speak of them the same way. They belong to the same person. They both belong to God. The garden is God’s own garden and the empire is God’s only empire. They work together for us. God save the king who will help us to see the garden again. That’s all we have to think of now, the empire and the garden.”

George Lamming, In the Castle of My Skin
1927–present a.d.