Benjamin Zephaniah

(15 April 1958 / Birmingham)

Benjamin Zephaniah Poems

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

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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