Leonard Dabydeen


Adelphi Dream Poem by Leonard Dabydeen


One one dutty
a build dam
punt trench wattah
a run go ah koka
and alligata ah hide
between muck-mucka
waiting fuh catch yuh
while carrion crow
ah sit pon barb-wyah fence
watching fuh see
who guh dead
gyal a wash claat
pon de ghat
and all ahwee
a listen
how donkey a bray
while cane cuttah
ah come home
wid he cutlass in he han
wrap up in ah bag
and I wake up seeing
everyting, everyting
wid me naked eye.

Submitted: Monday, April 30, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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This poem by Leonard Dabydeen is written about a rural settlement called Adelphi on the outskirts in East Canje, Berbice, Guyana.This is the area where he was born and grew up to become a teacher some 40 years ago. The poem is written in creole English spoken in the rural district.

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