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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

The London Breed

I love dis great polluted place
Where pop stars come to live their dreams
Here ravers come for drum and bass
And politicians plan their schemes,
The music of the world is here
Dis city can play any song
They came to here from everywhere
Tis they that made dis city strong.
A world of food displayed on streets
Where all the world can come and dine
On meals that end with bitter sweets
And cultures melt and intertwine,
Two hundred languages give voice
To fifteen thousand changing years
And all religions can rejoice
With exiled souls and pioneers.
I love dis overcrowded place
Where old buildings mark men and time
And new buildings all seem to race
Up to a cloudy dank skyline,
Too many cars mean dire air
Too many guns mean danger
Too many drugs means be aware
Of strange gifts from a stranger.
It's so cool when the heat is on
And when it's cool it's so wicked
We just keep melting into one
Just like the tribes before us did,
I love dis concrete jungle still
With all its sirens and its speed
The people here united will
Create a kind of London breed.
By
Benjamin Zephaniah

9 Comments:

Blogger George Breed said...

Hmmm...This Benjamin Zephaniah is quite a character. Thank you for introducing him.

Tuesday, 27 December, 2005  
Blogger Totah said...

Benjy Zephaniah is an awesome artist. He has a really good album called Naked, it's kinda club/house music with him rapping his poetry. And he's also an amazing poet, and a great author. He wrote a book, for children and adults, about a kid who escaped from Eritrea during the Ethiopian-Eritrean war, and about the things the kid had to go through, like the adoption system etc.. It's called Refugee Boy.

Tuesday, 27 December, 2005  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

.....he also turned down an O.B.E.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/feat ures/story/0,11710,1094011,00.html

I admire his integrity and his work

Tuesday, 27 December, 2005

Tuesday, 27 December, 2005  
Blogger Totah said...

He is to British art what Crass are to punk.

Tuesday, 27 December, 2005  
Blogger George Breed said...

There are so many of us on earth today with the brass to help it happen. Co-creators of and with the universe unfolding.

Wednesday, 28 December, 2005  
Blogger Granny said...

I like that. Sorry for late arrival, I've been a little frazzled.

Thursday, 29 December, 2005  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

Hi Granny,

It's that time of year again!

Feel a little frazzled myself :>)

Thursday, 29 December, 2005  
Blogger Rob said...

"When a man is tired of London he is tired of life" Dr. Johnson

Thursday, 29 December, 2005  
Blogger Mother Damnable said...

"...for in London there is everything of life"

Dr Johnons house is still open to the public!

http://www.drjh.dircon.co.uk/6.htm

Friday, 30 December, 2005  

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