Benjamin Zephaniah

(15 April 1958 / Birmingham)

De Rong Song


Your house is
Falling down
Around
Your
Feet,
And you got
Nought
To eat,
Don't worry
Be happy.
Your fish
Have drowned
You wear
A frown,
You search
But you don't
Own a pound,
Don't worry
Be happy.

You ain't got
Nowhere to
Play,
Just balconies
And
Motorways,
Don't worry
Be happy.

You meet
Someone
You really like,
They tell you to
Get on your bike,
Don't worry
Be happy.

You're on your bike
And all is fine,
You get caught
In a washing line,
Don't worry
Be happy.
You go to school
The school is
Gone,
The Government
Put pressure on,
Don't worry
Be happy.
Your tea is
Dry
Your ice is
Hot,
Your head is
Tied up in a
Not,
Don't worry
Be happy.
You worry
Because
You're hurrying,
And hurry
Because
You're worrying,
Don't happy
Be worried.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Niki Nicholas Nkuna (11/20/2012 4:22:00 AM)

    Great poem indeed, reassuring, many things will happen to make one worry in life so why worry? why should one stay worried? (Report) Reply

  • Jacob Arden (8/30/2012 7:44:00 AM)

    Don't happy Be worried, who can be in this corrupt world. Thank you Benjamin Zephaniah (Report) Reply

  • Nooruddeen Mm (10/9/2009 10:17:00 PM)

    So the only thing to be worried is 'Hurry' ? ?
    ...but, how can we ignore the surrounding matters like you said..?

    Nooruddeen (Report) Reply

  • Iman Farrell (6/23/2009 3:58:00 AM)

    Andrew James if you believe this is utter drivel then you obviously haven't acquired any sense of empathy for people of poorer status - I would like to see a child write with such clarity and feeling. Admittedly, the grammar and lexis is unconventional but that is a clever way of representing the people to whom this poem applies. (Report) Reply

  • Andrew James (9/29/2008 2:28:00 AM)

    drivel... evidence that english culture is falling into a cesspool of illiterate dunderheads... zephaniah's ouvre is empty headed drivel... he has little to say other than preachy diatribes imparted with trivial insights slapped together for mass consumption and appeal... most children write better poetry than this garbage... (Report) Reply

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