Benjamin Zephaniah

(15 April 1958 / Birmingham)

Benjamin Zephaniah Poems

1. Vegan Steven's Vegan Clothes 3/7/2012
2. Vegan Steven 1/3/2003
3. Wot A Pair 1/3/2003
4. Ride 1/3/2003
5. Eat Your Words 1/3/2003
6. The Death Of Joy Gardner 1/3/2003
7. Sos (Save Our Sons) 1/3/2003
8. Fair Play 1/3/2003
9. Who's Who 1/3/2003
10. What Stephen Lawrence Has Taught Us 1/3/2003
11. Neighbours 1/3/2003
12. Nature Trail 1/3/2003
13. De Rong Song 1/3/2003
14. The Race Industry 1/3/2003
15. Everybody Is Doing It 1/3/2003
16. White Comedy 1/3/2003
17. We Refugees 1/3/2003
18. Dis Poetry 1/3/2003
19. Talking Turkeys! 1/3/2003
20. The British 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Benjamin Zephaniah

The British

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

Remove the Romans after approximately 400 years
Add lots of Norman French to some
Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings, then stir vigorously.

Mix some hot Chileans, cool Jamaicans, Dominicans,
Trinidadians and Bajans with some Ethiopians, Chinese,
Vietnamese and Sudanese.

Then take a blend of Somalians, Sri Lankans, Nigerians
And Pakistanis,
Combine with some Guyanese
And turn up the heat.

Sprinkle some fresh Indians, Malaysians, ...

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I am the type you are supposed to fear
Black and foreign
Big and dreadlocks
An uneducated grass eater.

I talk in tongues
I chant at night
I appear anywhere,
I sleep with lions

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