Sunday, April 25, 2010

He's a funny, lefty, enviro, poet-guy

Poetry month, Day 25: British poet, Benjamin Zephaniah, is all that and a whole lot more besides.

An army of militant greens
In bio-degradable genes
Shout 'Give peas a chance
And lettuce all dance

In unity wid butter beans.'

Who's Who
I used to think nurses
Were women,

I used to think police
Were men,

I used to think poets
Were boring,
Until I became one of them.

--Benjamin Zephaniah

from Talking Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah. Puffin Books, 1994.

(Note: when quoting poems online, always include a full citation for the collection from which the poem originated. If the poem is not in the public domain (i.e. is still in copyright) abide by the principle of Fair Dealing in your use of the work.)

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