Poem from Jamaica

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Continuing to check out poets of the Caribbean… This one’s by Mervyn Eustace Morris, a poet and professor emeritus at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.

“Peelin Orange”

Dem use to seh
yu peel a orange
an yu get new clothes

But when mi father try
fi teach me
slide de knife
up to de safeguard thumb

I move de weapon like
a saw inna mi han
an de dyamn rind

An if yo have de time
yu can come see mi
in mi old clothes

—Mervyn Morris