Sunday, 24 February 2013

The Sunday Posts 2012/The British




















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.

Benjamin Zephaniah
Photo by Alistair

5 comments:

Paula Wooters said...

Hey, Alistair! What a wondrous mix of humanity! I'd offer you a free hug if I was a bit closer.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Am totally with you on this one Alistair! The words are good too. :-} Yup. Go the free hug. Read over at Indigo's place you've been a but 'under'. Trust that's not anything long lasting and that you're ready for the coming week.

Hugs from Mumbai!

Antares Cryptos said...

Melting pot of humanity results in free hugs. Like.

Alistair Robertson said...

THought you'd like it folks/

Rebecca S. said...

As the kids here say, SWEET!
I love that. It applies to so many countries around the world now, too.

I like that line "allow to be cool", especially.
Thanks for sharing.

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