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Category 'Poems'

6
Aug

No Lickle Twang

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Not even a drapes trousiz, or A pass de riddim coat? Bwoy, not even a gole teet or A gole chain roun yuh troat? Suppose me laas me pass go introjooce Yuh to a stranger As me lamented son what lately Come from Merica! Dem hooda laugh after me, bwoy! Me couldn tell dem so! […]

6
Aug

Bans A Killin

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Dat dem start fi try tun language From de fourteen century – Five hundred years gawn an dem got More dialec dan we! Yuh wi haffi kill de Lancashire, De Yorkshire, de Cockney, De broad Scotch and de Irish brogue Before yuh start kill me! Yuh wi haffi get de Oxford Book A English Verse, […]

6
Aug

Dutty Tough

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Sun a shine but tings no bright; Doah pot a bwile, bickle no nuff; River flood but water scarce, yawl Rain a fall but dutty tough. Tings so bad dat nowadays when Yuh ask smaddy how dem do Dem fraid yuh tek it tell dem back, So dem no answer yuh. No care omuch we […]

6
Aug

Colonization In Reverse

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Oonoo see how life is funny, Oonoo see da turnabout? jamaica live fe box bread Out a English people mout’. For wen dem ketch a Englan, An start play dem different role, Some will settle down to work An some will settle fe de dole. Jane says de dole is not too bad Because dey […]

6
Aug

Uriah Preach

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Him teck on Teacher Brown, for wen Him was de size o’dat, Teacher beat him one day because Him call Teacher “top-knot.” So ‘Riah get him revenge now For him stare straight pon Brown An say, “let him dat sittet’ on De house-top not come down!” Him teck on Butcher Jones, who noted Fe sell […]

6
Aug

Mout-amassi

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Counta yuh, Dan set him grampa Duppy pon Sta Rose, An counta yuh Jane teck grudgeful. An pwile up Fan new clothes; De way yuh chat yuh meck Jinat Go obeah Laura nose. Liza, kibba yuh mout! Yuh meck dem lock up Tayma fi So sen her bwoy a school; Yuh meck dem lock up […]

6
Aug

Bun an Cheese

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Bun an Cheese by Louise Bennett Coverley Excerpt from Laugh with Louise  Dem Bwoy dah jeer Miss Matty, An a mock her an a tease, Dem a kill demself wid laugh mah An a call her Bun an Cheese. Dem sey from Good Friday mawnin Her jawbone no get no ease Mawnin noon an night […]

6
Aug

Hula Christmas

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Hear Dina, “but dem musa mad! Is warra dem a sey? Ten-poun note wut a hula-hoop! Ah gwine kill dem tedeh!” ‘Ah gwine show dem wat gwine sweet dem’ Pass dah big–stick gimme deh! Ah gwine lick dem pon dem hula Till dem hoop in yah tedeh! She pawn a junk a stick an lash […]