Poem from Jamaica

Poem from Jamaica

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
perfec
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
break

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

—Mervyn Morris