poet Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah

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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.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/23/2019 12:33:00 AM)

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

    great poem 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Jane Campion (6/23/2019 12:25:00 AM)

    A wonderful song that needs music.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/22/2019 11:11:00 PM)

    Be happy
    Be happy
    with your every present.............///

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/22/2019 9:08:00 PM)

    An outstanding satire narrating the plight of the down trodden and urging them to be happy in spite of their worries and hardships and concluding that they may be happy due to worries about every thing in life. An out standing, modern poem of the Day.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/22/2019 1:30:00 PM)

    Don't worry
    Be happy.
    You worry
    Because
    You're hurrying, good poem. tony

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  • Julia Luber (6/22/2019 11:42:00 AM)

    Would be a good Rasta song!

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (6/22/2019 7:34:00 AM)

    You're hurrying,
    And hurry
    Because
    You're worrying,
    Don't happy
    Be worried.....nnice expression. One must not be worried. A beautiful poem is deserved for modern poem of POD.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/22/2019 5:12:00 AM)

    The school is gone! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Tom Allport (6/22/2019 1:26:00 AM)

    De right words for de modern man? To be or not to be!

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  • Ned Carruthers (11/22/2018 4:32:00 AM)

    Some of the lamest rhymes imaginable. This is poetry at its worst.

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  • Jabulani MzinyathiJabulani Mzinyathi (9/19/2017 12:02:00 PM)

    great stuff. the poet is not out to please any puritan but to chart a different path. you should know that english cannot be monopolised by any puritan. it has been enriched by several other languages

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  • Diana Van Den BergDiana Van Den Berg (11/7/2015 6:39:00 PM)

    Am I the only one to see the poignant pathos and well-expressed cynicism and tongue-in-cheek in this superb poem? To me, your voice is as clear as a bell in this!

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (4/28/2014 7:57:00 AM)

    This is what I call a poem.

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  • Niki Nicholas NkunaNiki 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?

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

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

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  • John Duddles (3/5/2012 7:05:00 AM)

    I love your poems benjamin. Andrew james is bent

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  • Nooruddeen MmNooruddeen 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

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  • 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.

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  • Ali Newton (6/13/2009 5:47:00 PM)

    Andrew James you are indeed a very ignorant man.

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  • 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...

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    Jabulani MzinyathiJabulani Mzinyathi(9/19/2017 12:00:00 PM)

    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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