Poem of the Week – Noh Lickle Twang

louise bennet

 

Me glad fe se’s you come back bwoy,
But lawd yuh let me dung,
Me shame o’ yuh soh till all o’
Me proudness drop a grung.

Yuh mean yuh goh dah ‘Merica
An spen six whole mont’ deh,
An come back not a piece betta
Dan how yuh did goh wey?

Bwoy yuh noh shame? Is soh you come?
Afta yuh tan soh lang!
Not even lickle language bwoy?
Not even little twang?

An yuh sista wat work ongle
One week wid ‘Merican
She talk so nice now dat we have
De jooce fe undastan?

Bwoy yuh couldn’ improve yuhself!
An yuh get soh much pay?
Yuh spen six mont’ a foreign, an
Come back ugly same way?

Not even a drapes trouziz? or
A pass de rydim coat?
Bwoy not even a gole teet or
A gole chain roun yuh t’roat.

Suppose me las’ rne pass go introjooce
Yuh to a stranga
As me lamented son wat lately
Come from ‘Merica!

Dem hooda laugh afta me, bwoy
Me could’n tell dem soh!
Dem hooda sey me lie, yuh was
A-spen time back a Mocho.

Noh back-ansa me bwoy, yuh talk
Too bad; shet up yuh mout,
Ah doan know how yuh an yuh puppa
Gwine to meck it out.

Ef yuh want please him meck him tink
Yuh bring back someting new.
Yuh always call him “Pa” dis evenin’
Wen him come sey “Poo”.

-Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett (1919-2006)

 

Image credit: http://blogs.jamaicans.com/metinking/2009/09/07/remembering-the-legacy-of-miss-lou-et-al/

Source: http://www.jamaica-land-we-love.com/miss-lou-poems.html

Learn more about Jamaican Patois: http://jamaicanpatwah.com/

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