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. The Death Of Joy Gardner 1/3/2003
5. Eat Your Words 1/3/2003
6. Sos (Save Our Sons) 1/3/2003
7. Ride 1/3/2003
8. Neighbours 1/3/2003
9. What Stephen Lawrence Has Taught Us 1/3/2003
10. Fair Play 1/3/2003
11. Who's Who 1/3/2003
12. The Race Industry 1/3/2003
13. We Refugees 1/3/2003
14. De Rong Song 1/3/2003
15. Nature Trail 1/3/2003
16. Everybody Is Doing It 1/3/2003
17. White Comedy 1/3/2003
18. Talking Turkeys! 1/3/2003
19. Dis Poetry 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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We first met on a golden night
As the moon radiated love light
On the dock of the bay.
Somewhere between the real deal and an illusion
We lay unapologetically
Stroking each others lack of responsibility.

'I want to be a poet,'
She said looking over the mountain,

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