The British -Translated Into Proper English

Rating: 5.0
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, while noting that the Norman French were only a ruling class and that the genetic differences between the Angles, Saxons, Jutes are negligible and noting that Vikings are not a solidified race or culture.

Mix some hot Chileans, cool Jamaicans, Dominicans,
Trinidadians and Bajans with some Ethiopians, Chinese,
Vietnamese and Sudanese and note that none of these cultures have had any lasting impact on the British identity, nor any impact upon the English race.

Then take a blend of Somalians, Sri Lankans, Nigerians
And Pakistanis,
Combine with some Guyanese
And turn up the heat to incinerate them.

Sprinkle some fresh Indians, Malaysians, Bosnians,
Iraqis and Bangladeshis together with some
Afghans, Spanish, Turkish, Kurdish, Japanese
And Palestinians
Then add to the melting pot while remembering that once again, none of these cultures and races have had any impact upon the shared British identity that is being eroded by Benjamin Zephaniah and the left.

Leave the ingredients to simmer, and most of the fallacies here will burn away.

As they mix and blend allow their languages to flourish
Binding them together with English, while noting that knowing a language doesn't make you part of that culture, and definitely not part of the race.

Allow time to be cool, if you don't accept what the poet has said you are uncool and racist.

Add some unity, understanding, and respect for the future,
Serve with justice
And enjoy the rapid destruction of your morally decadent society.

Note: All the ingredients are unequally important. Treating one ingredient better than another is correct, as the proportion of influence these different cultures and races have had upon the shared British identity is completely different. To pretend that they all equally influence it is just dumb.

Warning: An unequal spread of justice will damage the people and cause pain. Give justice and equality to all who deserve it, and who will fight to preserve it for those who deserve it.
This is a translation of the poem The British by Benjamin Zephaniah
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: immigration
I saw Benjamin's poem, and I thought it was a load of rubbish that needed translation to help better explain it. I have translated it from his poor four year old grasp of English history into an A-Level basic understanding of history.
Chinedu Dike 21 February 2015
I've read THE BRITISH by Benjamin Zephaniah but was unable to capture his conviction. Thanks for this well penned translation, it's an historical piece written with insight in poetic diction. Remain blessed. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON.
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