De Rong Song Poem by Benjamin Zephaniah

De Rong Song

Rating: 3.7


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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Andrew James 29 September 2008

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...

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Jabulani Mzinyathi 19 September 2017

eish what informs this anger and apparent subjectivity. is benjamin even thinking of English culture when he writes. i doubt that. some of us who write in English are second or third language users of that language. we get our messages across. you may keep your grammar. English is a conglomeration of languages really.

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Ali Newton 13 June 2009

Andrew James you are indeed a very ignorant man.

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Iman Farrell 23 June 2009

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.

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Nooruddeen Mm 09 October 2009

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

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Chinedu Dike 25 January 2022

An insightful piece of poetry nicely put together with conviction. Thanks for sharing and do remain enriched..........

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Dr Dillip K Swain 14 January 2022

Don't worry be happy... the sky is never going to fall down on your head! A wonderful poem!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 25 May 2021

To my Favourites this Good Rong Song. I constantly enjoyed the poems of the great English Poet

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Sylvia Frances Chan 25 May 2021

Most brilliant poem deserving the Modern Poem Of The Day, such an easy flow in the poem, resembles more a sweetest song. Congratulations, Sir! 5 Stars full!

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 25 May 2021

Yes; be happy alway whenever you find you alive.....

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