Simple tings

(for Miss Adlyn and Aunt Vida) 


de simple tings of life, mi dear 

de simple tings of life 

she rocked the rhythms in her chair 

brushed a hand across her hair 

miles of travel in her stare 

de simple tings of life 

ah hoe mi corn 

an de backache gone 

plant mi peas 

arthritis ease 

de simple tings of life 

leaning back 

she wiped an eye 

read the rain signs 

in the sky 

evening’s ashes 

in a fireside 

de simple tings of life 

Recording used by kind permission of the BBC for the BBC 100 showcase - 'Simple Tings' from Third World Girl (Bloodaxe Books, 2011).

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