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Woman Work by Maya Angelou

I've got the children to tend The clothes to mend The floor to mop The food to shop Then the chicken to fry The baby to dry I got company to feed The garden to weed I've got shirts to press The tots to dress The cane to be cut I gotta clean up this… Continue reading Woman Work by Maya Angelou

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Dutty Tough by Louise Bennett

Dutty Tough - by Louise Bennett Sun a shine but tings no bright; Doah pot a bwile, bickle no nuff; River flood but water scarce, yawl Rain a fall but dutty tough. Tings so bad dat nowadays when Yuh ask smaddy how dem do Dem fraid yuh tek it tell dem back, So dem no… Continue reading Dutty Tough by Louise Bennett

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Colonization in Reverse by Louise Bennett

Colonization in Reverse - by Louise Bennett "Wat a joyful news, Miss Mattie I feel like me heart gwine burs Jamaica people colonizin Englan in reverse. By de hundred, by de tousan From country and from town, By de ship-load, by de plane-load Jamaica is Englan boun. Dem a pour out a Jamaica Everybody future… Continue reading Colonization in Reverse by Louise Bennett

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Dry-Foot Bwoy by Louise Bennett

Dry-Foot Bwoy by Miss LouWha wrong wid Mary dry-foot bwoy?Dem gal got him fi mock,An when me meet him tarra nightDe bwoy gi me a shock!Me tell him seh him auntie anHim cousin dem sen howdyAn ask him how him getting awn.Him seh, 'Oh, jolley,jolleyl'Me start fi feel so sorry fiDe po bad-lucky soul,Me tink… Continue reading Dry-Foot Bwoy by Louise Bennett

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Kas Kas by Louise Bennett

By: Louise Bennett Yuh se me trial now mah? Dat marga gal winjy Want put me eena kas-kas An big lian story She sen come call me toder day An wen ah goh me chile De whole fambly gader roun me Like I was kerosene ile Dem sey smaddy tell miss Terry An she tell… Continue reading Kas Kas by Louise Bennett

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No Lickle Twang by Louise Bennett

By: Louise Bennett Coverley Me glad fi see yuh come back, bwoy, But lawd, yuh let me dung Me shame a yuh so till all a Me proudness drop a grung. Yuh mean yuh go dah Merica An spen six whole mont deh, An come back not a piece better Dan how yuh did go… Continue reading No Lickle Twang by Louise Bennett

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The Calabash Experience: Lovers Leap Guest House

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2018, Denise N. Fyffe With bated breath and eager hearts, Davene and I are eager to reach the cool hills of St. Elizabeth. We have been waiting for months, to experience the world-renowned literary festival, Calabash, at Treasure Beach. We had a few false starts in trying to leave… Continue reading The Calabash Experience: Lovers Leap Guest House

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Jamaican Poetry : Fishing by Denise N. Fyffe

Delicately you cast such a Wide net, for me And I swim deeper still; Yet, you await my rise to the surface; you tempt me with Nectar, with a wasp’s bait Enchanting me, yet I try to swim, deeper still.   ***** About the writer: Poetess Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 30… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry : Fishing by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry : Tempting Apple by Denise N. Fyffe

Tempting Apple I'll sit in a tree And watch you looking at me surely tempted by this apple you see Out of your reach, I will tempt thee but I am assured, you do not have the will to reach for me; I'll change colours, to more brilliant shades turn your eyes, while you wait… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry : Tempting Apple by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry : Precious by Denise N. Fyffe

Precious The smile in a baby's eye, when he is looking at you The love in your child's face when he hugs you That same love in the eye's of that special someone The first sunrise, on a mountain's peak ...The first time, both your lips meet; The first touch, the first smile The first… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry : Precious by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry: Spring by Denise N. Fyffe

Spring By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2015, Denise N. Fyffe Blossoms o'er and above the hill A sign that nature's heart yet beats stronger still Four months basked in a cloak of white Viking trees once starving orphans, exposed to the winters banshee cries; Now the sun kisses each baby leaves eye Limbs outstretched waving… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Spring by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry: Sneeze by Denise N. Fyffe

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2015, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe Si, me jus leggo one sneeze, Mi feel it all di way to me knees Not a body or a gentle bone, Mi wrap up, inna mi bed all alone; Wata jus a beat down mi windah, Like it a beg, “Mistress, mistress… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Sneeze by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry: The Wretched of the Earth by Denise N. Fyffe

  By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2017, Denise N. Fyffe We are the wretched of the earth, The scourge of Babylon, The lepers of Israel, The untouchables of India; We are the despised and our Brothers and sisters have been fed lies. We are the bile of the universe, The perpetually handicapped; Teased, molested,… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: The Wretched of the Earth by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry: Hibiscus Memory by Denise N. Fyffe

Hibiscus Memory I see the sun Glowing brighter than a 50 watt bulb And I am tempted outside; I step on the grass carpet And it feels like heaven under my toes; My limbs flex My arms stretch My eyes turn to heaven And I bid the Father hi; In two steps I bend at… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Hibiscus Memory by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry: My Jamaican Heritage by Denise N. Fyffe

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2017, Denise N. Fyffe My Jamaican heritage Is more than just where I was born It is more than the color of my skin It is more than the language I speak; My Jamaican heritage is the combination of everything; My Jamaican heritage is the struggles I face My… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: My Jamaican Heritage by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry: Jamaica, Our Country by Denise N. Fyffe

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2017, Denise N. Fyffe How is it that our country, Jamaica stands On the left, but not on the right hand? How is it that our country moves, Through treacherous reefs, sailing through and through? How is it that our country breathes, These toxic fumes of crime and urban… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Jamaica, Our Country by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry: I live in a time (Barack Obama Poem) by Denise N. Fyffe

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe I live in a time, When man is unshackled; Unshackled from his past, Unshackled from his mental slavery. I live in a time, When men choose black and not white; I live in a time, When what lies were told, can no longer hold us.… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: I live in a time (Barack Obama Poem) by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry: My Black Story by Denise N. Fyffe

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe I stand in my skin And I ponder within Of my history Of my story. The foundation of me Which I forget so easily Of my history Of my story. Those who struggled Those who fought for my freedom For our freedom. Now… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: My Black Story by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry : Sleep eludes me by Denise N. Fyffe

Sleep eludes me As my heart is confiscated by deceit And poisoned by betrayal My mind is consumed with hurt And it claws to the depths of my soul; Layer by layer of happiness is shredded to dust And blown, gone with the winds of time Swallowed up into oblivion, where I am soon to… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry : Sleep eludes me by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry: Mother Jamaica by Denise N. Fyffe

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2015, Denise N. Fyffe Mother Bearer and protector Of dark haired picknies Running down streets and traversing your countryside and Cockpit country; You bear in and out of season Feeding us yellow succulent mangoes Red juicy plums and apples And rain down giant breadfruits and nourishing coconuts; You clothe… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Mother Jamaica by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry: Jamaica, Jamaica by Denise N. Fyffe

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess defy, Denise N. Fyffe Jamaica is an Amazing Musical paradise that Attracts global attention and produces Icons in music, track and Culture; we are At all times blessed and a blessing; Justice And fairness to all mankind; a Mecca of Chinese, Indian, Syrian, African influence, a melting… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Jamaica, Jamaica by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry: Independent Jamaica by Denise N. Fyffe

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe 1962 we were reborn an independent land Lush green hills and brilliant aqua waters in the Caribbean span The sun set on August 6th and we were birthed a new nation Not a giant, but we had the beginnings, perseverance and culture to… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Independent Jamaica by Denise N. Fyffe

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Jamaican Poetry: Two Black girls without no bus by Denise N. Fyffe

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe What an experience this is for us Travelling thru Needham without no bus It’s a little too adventurous For two black girls without no bus. What an experience this is for us Travelling thru Massachusetts with no blinkin’ bus It’s definitely too much… Continue reading Jamaican Poetry: Two Black girls without no bus by Denise N. Fyffe