Benjamin Zephaniah

(15 April 1958 / Birmingham)

Benjamin Zephaniah Poems

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

Comments about Benjamin Zephaniah

  • Mohamed mansour (11/15/2017 9:31:00 AM)

    Actually he is so funny I like him🤘🤘🤘🤘😜

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  • Diana Van Den Berg Diana Van Den Berg (11/8/2015 5:50:00 AM)

    I am so excited to have discovered you on Poemhunter, Benjamin. You are a wordsmith par excellence, an inspiration, a delight to cope with my various stresses (and I am sure those of all your readers) , a shining light in (and a gift to) our world community.

    However, I am extremely disappointed that you only have 20 poems posted here, especially as I can't afford to buy your books, or anything that isn't what is best for my 5 animals (a dog, a cat and 3 previously feral kittens whose mother brought them to my garden in February) or essential to my survival.

    I would be so happy if you would post many more of your poems. Failing that, I can keep re-reading those you have posted. Thank you for your giggliciously serious poetry. :)

  • Robert Jenkins (4/28/2015 12:34:00 AM)

    Read A Day in the Life of Danny the Cat, to my Year 5 class last week...they loved it. Read Danny the Cat Lives On! today. They thought it was going to be fun...they were shocked. They understood your message though and your emotions. Respect, Man!

  • Sentamu Aziz Sentamu Aziz (10/20/2014 3:01:00 AM)

    dis poetry ting, me love it...

  • S B (5/6/2014 4:44:00 PM)

    love all of his work. strong themes

  • Paul Smith (11/10/2013 9:06:00 AM)

    Benjamin: I love your work. You express universal themes in simple language. You have a voice all your own.

  • Jetty J Newnham Jetty J Newnham (10/3/2012 2:38:00 PM)

    Benjamin Its Black history month I for one will make sure I enjoy reading Benjamin, also Langston Hughes Maya etc, I enjoy your poetry man peace

  • Lalaine Rebamonte Lalaine Rebamonte (9/5/2012 8:16:00 AM)

    Mr. Zephaniah,
    I am Lalaine B. Rebamonte, from the College of Education in the University of Cebu-LapuLapu and Mandaue, Philippines. We have chosen your poem SOS (Save Our Sons) for our Literature class to be analyzed as it gives striking stand of a brave person. Since our subject is in line with Literary Criticism, I would like to inform you that there are analyses gathered from our class. There will be different comments with your work and I hope you will be able to give feedback with regards to our comments.

    Very Truly Yours,
    Lalaine

  • Agostina Etcheverry (11/2/2011 5:45:00 AM)

    I really like this poem because it gives a positive message for people who don't have hope camila gouffier

  • Agostina Etcheverry (11/2/2011 5:41:00 AM)

    The truth the poem is very londo since it has a positive message that gives before any difficult situation :) and that seems to me unlikely that critoque already qie it is necessary to be in this sotuacion to be able to act like Mariano J. Panza

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, ...

Read the full of The British

Talking Turkeys!

Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas
Cos' turkeys just wanna hav fun
Turkeys are cool, turkeys are wicked
An every turkey has a Mum.
Be nice to yu turkeys dis christmas,
Don't eat it, keep it alive,
It could be yu mate, an not on your plate
Say, Yo! Turkey I'm on your side.
I got lots of friends who are turkeys

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