Dennis Adonis

Rookie (October,1975 / Georgetown, Guyana)

Grandma's Will - Poem by Dennis Adonis

Grandma passed away in her bed where she laid still
And in her right hand she held on to her last and only will

Gently retrieving it from her right hand side
Pastor Carney then took it and read it out with pride

This is the last will of Granny Ismay
Listen my children to what I have to say

I don't want to be buried and me soul in shame
So honour my wishes which is stated here plain

Give out me false teeth to Uncle Francisco
And the small granny wig to my neighbour Shai-doo

Me bed and stove is things a want save
So ya'll must put that with me inside the grave

If the TV can fit in there it would be good
Because a does want fuh watch NCIS Hollywood

They say the dirt at Le Repentir Cemetery does be hard
So you all might as well bury me in this same grassy yard

I aint care who vex and who mek up them face
Because even if me dead this yard is still me place

If ya'll refuse then somebody gon get choke
Or me spirit would put this same old house up in fire and smoke

The money in the bank a still want it fuh keep
I may have to spend it when I wake up back from this long sleep.

Signed and seal on this memorable day
Yours sincerely, Granny Ismay.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

This Guyanese creole language poem is nothing more than a satirical piece of my imagination.

The characters identified in this piece and the entire poem itself is a work of fiction and does not refer to any real person or real occurrences.

My inspiration for this poem came from tying observation to imaginary incidents just for the fun of it.

Anyway, the real story behind the poem is the desires of an old woman to preserve almost all of her material possessions as she cannot accepts the reality that her death would have meant her permanent absence from the face of the earth.

So in a state of denial on her dying bed, she left a will that would be practically impossible to honour in its entirety.

The will made no considerations for her children materially since she professes to wake again sometime soon to be with them.

And if I am to allow insinuations to be drawn from it all, Uncle Francisco is more than likely her old brother who needs the false teeth that Granny Ismay had never wanted in the first place.

The wig for neighbour Shai-doo similarly seems to be of no importance to Granny Ismay as she insisted that the benefactor be given the small one, and not any other.

To ensure that her desires are carried out she issued various threats; hoping that those who heard her instructions will be filled with fear.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 1, 2013

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