A sandy place, a recipe for a nation and a Christmas plea: three poems by Benjamin Zephaniah

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A sandy place, a recipe for a nation and a Christmas plea: three poems by Benjamin Zephaniah

We Refugees

I come from a musical place
The place they shoot me for my tune
And my brother has been tortured
By my brother in my land.

I come from a good looking place
The place they hate my shade of pores and skin
They don’t like the way in which I pray
And so they ban free poetry.

I come from a good looking place
The place women can’t go to highschool
There you might be instructed what to imagine
And even younger boys should develop beards.

I come from an excellent outdated forest
I feel it’s now a subject
And the folks I as soon as knew
Are usually not there now.

We will all be refugees
No person is secure,
All it takes is a mad chief
Or no rain to deliver forth meals,
We will all be refugees
We will all be instructed to go,
We will be hated by somebody
For being somebody.

I come from a good looking place
The place the valley floods every year
And every year the hurricane tells us
That we should preserve transferring on.
I come from an historic place
All my household had been born there
And I want to go there
However I actually wish to stay.

I come from a sunny, sandy place
The place vacationers go to darken pores and skin
And sellers prefer to promote weapons there
I simply can’t inform you what’s the worth.

I’m instructed I’ve no nation now
I’m instructed I’m a lie
I’m instructed that fashionable historical past books
Might neglect my title.

We will all be refugees
Typically it solely takes a day,
Typically it solely takes a handshake
Or a paper that’s signed.
All of us got here from refugees
No person merely simply appeared,
No person’s right here and not using a battle,
And why ought to we stay in worry
Of the climate or the troubles?
All of us got here right here from someplace.


The British

Take some Picts, Celts and Silures
And allow them to settle,
Then overrun them with Roman conquerors.

Take away the Romans after roughly 400 years
Add a number of Norman French to some
Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings, then stir vigorously.

Combine some sizzling Chileans, cool Jamaicans, Dominicans,
Trinidadians and Bajans with some Ethiopians, Chinese language,
Vietnamese and Sudanese.

Then take a mix of Somalians, Sri Lankans, Nigerians
And Pakistanis,
Mix with some Guyanese
And switch up the warmth.

Sprinkle some contemporary Indians, Malaysians, Bosnians,
Iraqis and Bangladeshis along with some
Afghans, Spanish, Turkish, Kurdish, Japanese
And Palestinians
Then add to the melting pot.

Depart the elements to simmer.

As they combine and mix permit their languages to flourish
Binding them along with English.

Permit time to be cool.

Add some unity, understanding, and respect for the longer term,
Serve with justice
And luxuriate in.

Word: All of the elements are equally necessary. Treating one ingredient higher than one other will depart a bitter disagreeable style.

Warning: An unequal unfold of justice will injury the folks and trigger ache. Give justice and equality to all.


Speaking Turkeys

Be good to yu turkeys dis christmas
Cos’ turkeys simply wanna hav enjoyable
Turkeys are cool, turkeys are depraved
An each turkey has a Mum.
Be good to yu turkeys dis christmas,
Don’t eat it, preserve it alive,
It might be yu mate, an not in your plate
Say, Yo! Turkey I’m in your aspect.
I obtained a number of associates who’re turkeys
An all of dem worry christmas time,
Dey wanna take pleasure in it, dey say people destroyed it
An people are out of dere thoughts,
Yeah, I obtained a number of associates who’re turkeys
Dey all hav a proper to a life,
To not be caged up an genetically made up
By any farmer an his spouse.

Turkeys simply wanna play reggae
Turkeys simply wanna hip-hop
Can yu think about a pleasant younger turkey saying,
“I can’t await de chop”,
Turkeys like getting presents, dey wanna watch christmas TV,
Turkeys hav brains an turkeys really feel ache
In some ways like yu an me.

I as soon as knew a turkey referred to as … Turkey
He mentioned “Benji clarify to me please,
Who put de turkey in christmas
An what occurs to christmas bushes?”,
I mentioned “I’m not too certain turkey
But it surely’s nothing to do wid Christ Mass
People get grasping an waste extra dan want be
An enterprise males mek loadsa money”.

Be good to yu turkey dis christmas
Invite dem indoors fe sum greens
Let dem eat cake an let dem partake
In a plate of natural grown beans,
Be good to yu turkey dis christmas
An spare dem de minimize of de knife,
Be part of Turkeys United an dey’ll be delighted
An yu will mek new associates “FOR LIFE”.


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