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Benjamin Zephaniah

Birmingham
Friday, January 3, 2003

The British

Rating: 3.6
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.

Mix some hot Chileans, cool Jamaicans, Dominicans,
Trinidadians and Bajans with some Ethiopians, Chinese,
Vietnamese and Sudanese.

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

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.

Leave the ingredients to simmer.

As they mix and blend allow their languages to flourish
Binding them together with English.

Allow time to be cool.

Add some unity, understanding, and respect for the future,
Serve with justice
And enjoy.

Note: All the ingredients are equally important. Treating one ingredient better than another will leave a bitter unpleasant taste.

Warning: An unequal spread of justice will damage the people and cause pain. Give justice and equality to all.
COMMENTS
bababab 07 January 2021
in lockdown doing online school, fun
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Mahtab Bangalee 12 December 2020
Allow time to be cool. Add some unity, understanding, and respect for the future, Serve with justice And enjoy. ~ yeah right; I think so; to understand everything and everyone of the universe all forms of universal literature are need and have equal important to true wise-man; great poem penned
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Khairul Ahsan 12 December 2020
Didn't really get what the poet wanted to mean.
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Dr Antony Theodore 12 December 2020
Then take a blend of Somalians, Sri Lankans, Nigerians And Pakistanis, Combine with some Guyanese And turn up the heat. a great poem. tony
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Edward Kofi Louis 12 December 2020
Every country on earth are made up of different people! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Brook Renwick 12 December 2020
Very creative poetry :)
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Thomas Coston 12 December 2020
Shouldn't it be equal justice under the law? What's this social justice nonsense? I believe Marx introduced this utopian hogwash, and we've seen what kind of outcomes that ideology has produced.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 12 December 2020
A great poem giving the genesis of the formation of britishers and their culture with the blend of people from different parts of the world and their cultures. Indeed a modern poem in true sense,
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Sylvia Frances Chan 12 December 2020
Dear great Poet, where are the inhabitants from Israel, Korea, Portugal and The Netherlands? Not so important or too few, I think. But however, you wrote a splendid and fascinating read, with some humor in it. Most deserving the Modern Poem Of The Day. Hooray! 5 Stars Full Vote, so very pity that you don't write new poems anymore on this beautiful poem site. Thanks for sharing
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A poem of great vision
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