poet Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah

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Neighbours

I am the type you are supposed to fear
Black and foreign
Big and dreadlocks
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  • jeffo (11/11/2020 1:28:00 PM)

    this isfunny hahahahahahahhahahhahahhahaha

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (10/31/2020 10:55:00 PM)

    I am moving in
    Next door to you
    So you can get to know me,
    You will see my shadow
    In the bathroom window,
    My aromas will occupy
    Your space,
    life, desire, wishes, nearness, tony

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/13/2020 4:19:00 AM)

    I am the type you are supposed to love
    Dark and mysterious
    Tall and natural
    Thinking, tea total. very fine poem. great imagination. tony

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/13/2019 1:21:00 PM)

    I talk in tongues
    I chant at night
    I appear anywhere,
    I sleep with lions
    And when the moon gets me
    I am a Wailer. beautiful. imagination, words. ideas. wonderful. tony

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (7/7/2018 11:00:00 PM)

    excellent writings-

    my liking lines-

    I am the type you are supposed to love
    Dark and mysterious.... and natural

    And when the moon gets me
    I am a Wailer.

    And when the sun is shining
    I go Carnival.

    really good to read and read and read this poem is

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  • Irfanulla Shariff (7/7/2018 10:22:00 PM)

    I really like the last to lines. Great poem. Very well done Benjamin!

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (7/7/2018 8:43:00 AM)

    a mysterious poem.. well done my dear poet. tony

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (7/7/2018 8:19:00 AM)

    Marvelous poem. A real opening for our curious and fearful psychology. We fear dark and mysterious nights but same nigh becomes pleasant with moonlight.

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (7/7/2018 7:18:00 AM)

    I think I would find Benjamin an interesting neighbor. For starters, how many people care about poetry? -GK

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  • Robert Murray SmithRobert Murray Smith (7/7/2018 12:54:00 AM)

    Not a poem worthy of this category. Personalised and caters to stereotypes. I note one cliched line.

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  • Tom Allport (12/21/2016 9:43:00 AM)

    you are welcome anytime to our house in the middle of the street, it would be nice to meet

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  • Diana Van Den BergDiana Van Den Berg (11/13/2015 4:32:00 PM)

    Love, love, love the attitude! Kudos, Benjamin! You are so right! Love it all but absolutely love the last stanza turn-around! Magnificent! I know all the wonderful things you do, and I really hope that you use this poem as often as you can and in as many places as you can!

    I particularly love the line:

    I sleep with lions

    How I would love to do that, if it was, in any way possible!

    I am a white African and I adore my country (South Africa) and my continent (Africa) passionately, because of its wonders and despite its horrors.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (10/13/2015 3:09:00 PM)

    In the second part of the poem, the first line is repeated, with the word “love” instead of “fear”. The negative descriptives have been changed into positives. Prejudice makes you see the negative because you are afraid of the unknown.: Instead of raging and increasing the fear factor, his tone is humorous.

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  • F J Thomas (6/11/2014 7:18:00 AM)

    Now THAT is an introduction and a half! ;) Very nice Ben

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  • Nancy OyulaNancy Oyula (6/11/2014 7:13:00 AM)

    oh Benji! Writing good as always

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  • Ahmad ShiddiqiAhmad Shiddiqi (8/10/2009 12:14:00 AM)

    what a lovely, humble and straighforward of autobiographical words!

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  • Ijanric Howe (7/30/2009 6:32:00 PM)

    Sums up contemporary, casual racism so well. Come and be my neighbour Benjamin - we go Carnival together!

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