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Benjamin Zephaniah

'No Problem'

by Benjamin Zephaniah
Despite various experiences Benjamin holds no grudges. This poem is featured in 'Benjamin Zephaniah - A Picture of Britain'.


No Problem

I am not de problem
But I bare de brunt
Of silly playground taunts
An racist stunts,
I am not de problem
I am a born academic
But dey got me on de run
Now I am branded athletic,
I am not de problem
If yu give I a chance
I can teach yu of Timbuktu
I can do more dan dance,
I am not de problem
I greet yu wid a smile
Yu put me in a pigeon hole
But I a versatile.

These conditions may affect me
As I get older,
An I am positively sure
I have no chips on me shoulders,
Black is not de problem
Mother country get it right,
An just for de record,
Sum of me best friends are white

(Poem copyright Benjamin Zephaniah)

last updated: 08/06/05
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