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Thursday, October 06, 2005



‘Maa, Maa? Yes it’s me!
Yes, I’m all right.
Yes, yes, I’m working.
No, not too hard.’

‘Gyal, dah you?
Dis is yuh mudda
Ah taak to yuh.
O Gaad, meh pickney
Meh prapa glad
To hear yuh vice.
Meh nah hear from yuh
Meh nearly gaan mad.
Meh glad that yuh
Ah right and suh.
Ey gyal, yuh na fine
Nobady yet, with
So much white maan
In Merica?
Meh na know how
Meh mus believe dah!
Meh tink seh becaas
Meh sen yuh ah school
Yuh wan choose
Coolie maan ova backra.’

‘But Maa, you don’t understand
All the issues involved!’

‘Meh andastaan good that
Yuh sissy who neva
See school door and
Only know to scrub pat
She know what is what.
She marrid white maan
And she ah live fat.
And yuh who me sacrifice
And sen ah school
Yuh ova deh
Ah play de fool.

Yuh tink meh na hear
Dat yuh refuse backra
And yuh go roun with
Wan coolie bai ova yanda?
Gyal, yuh only gat
Book sense? Watch yuh sissy!
She gat cyar an diaman jewelry.
And you who meh sen ah school
You who shoulda know betta
You na want none backra.
Yuh waan be pore foreva?’

Maa, education has taught me
To love what belongs to me.’

What yuh want with
Dese people and dis country?
Yuh dig dem history
To write dem story.
But remember that abbe
Nah gat no country.
Yuh ah meh pickney and
Meh jus want yuh to be happy.’

Etwaria Singh, New York, Sep 2004
(www.guyanajournal.com)


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