Peelin Orange


Dem use to seh
yu peel a orange
an yu get new clothes

But when mi father try
fi teach mi
slide de knife
up to de safeguard thumb

I move de weapon like
a saw inna mi han
an de dyamn rind

An if yu have de time
yu can come see mi
in mi ole clothes

from I been there, sort of: New and Selected Poems (Carcanet, 2006), copyright Mervyn Morris 2006, used by permission of the author and the publisher.

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