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Dis Poetry
by Benjamin Zephaniah

Dis poetry is like a riddim dat drops
De tongue fires a riddim dat shoots like shots
Dis poetry is designed fe rantin
Dance hall style, big mouth chanting,
Dis poetry nar put yu to sleep
Preaching follow me
Like yu is blind sheep,
Dis poetry is not Party Political
Not designed fe dose who are critical.
Dis poetry is wid me when I gu to me bed

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The British
by Benjamin Zephaniah

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,

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The Poem Of Zuhair
by İbn Abî Sûlmâ Zuhayr

'Does the blackened ruin, situated in the stony ground between Durraj and Mutathallam, which did not speak to me, when addressed, belong to the abode of Ummi Awfa?

'And is it her dwelling at the two stony meadows, seeming as though they were the renewed tattoo marks in the sinews of the wrist?

'The wild cows and the white deer are wandering about there, one herd behind the other, while their young are springing up from every lying-down place.

'I stood again near it, (the encampment of the tribe of Awfa,) after an absence of twenty years, and with some efforts, I know her abode again after thinking awhile.

'I recognized the three stones blackened by fire at the place where the kettle used to be placed at night, and the trench round the encampment, which had not burst, like the source of a pool.


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Beauty Standards
by Kelechi Kalu

Every look you take in the mirror
Distorts your vision, it gets less clearer
Society's foolishness knows no bounds
Now you judge your self worth in pounds
Obsessed with attaining the lightness of a feather
Enduring hunger and not caring whether
or not your body could be drastically affected
You're mimicking skeletal mannequins who are well respected
Only heaven knows what kind of chemicals and rituals
helped them ascend to their pedestals and pinnacles

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Canto Xiii: Kung Walked
by Ezra Pound

Kung walked
by the dynastic temple
and into the cedar grove,
and then out by the lower river,
And with him Khieu Tchi
and Tian the low speaking
And ''we are unknown," said Kung,
''You will take up charioteering?
''Then you will become known,
''Or perhaps I should take up charioterring, or archery?

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Other people’s hands (or, love from the being mode)
by Alex Rose

I’ve done what I can
It’s out of my hands
It sucks that other people have hands

I mean, that’s why we love them
For their hands
We don’t want them to be puppets
At the mercy of ours

And in our deepest moments

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The Once Mighty Rendered Low
by James Kipp

Oh what spectacle of visage rendered bare before the world to suffer silent ignominious glare

On bended knee in humbled show, head and heart abashed, by how the mighty have been rendered low 

Venerated glories of faded past, evanesced long ago. Now, chattel'd bondage to indignations rending soul and bone. The once reverent, now lie ‘neath heel and stone                             

The once mighty have been rendered low.

Made so by inglourious traitorous deeds, self inflicted upon thine sacred creed. Solely fervent in the certitude. We reap that, in which we sow. 
O' how the mighty have been rendered low.

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The Mighty Have Been Rendered Low
by James Kipp

Oh what spectacle of visage rendered bare before the world to suffer silent ignominious glare.

On bended knee in humbled show, head and heart abashed, by how the mighty have been rendered low

Evanesced venerated glories past, faded long ago. In chattel'd bondage to indignations, rending soul and bone. The once reverent, now lie ‘neath heel and stone.

The once mighty have been rendered low. Made so by inglourious traitorous deeds, self inflicted upon thine sacred creed. Fervent in the certitude, we reap that in which we sow.
O' how the mighty have been rendered low.

In the gloaming remnants of times yet passed, from 'neath shadows aspersions cast. Onerous uncertainties yet persist, can redemptive solace still exist?

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Winston and Me
by Jeffrey Pipes Guice

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
Waking up each morning and deciding that I’m going to accomplish something is what I strive for...

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Failing is a learning process, but not attempting at all is a total lack of courage...

“If you're going through hell, keep going.”
Even though I’ve been married twice, I’ll never give up in my search for true love...

“Everyone has his day, and some days last longer than others."

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Respect
by Jonathan Tafreg

Do you believe in male domination,
And you want to treat them,
Like their Lord?

To see them working is abomination,
Who are you to women,
Of this World?

To God alone they give an adoration,
If you want the worship,

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