Guyana, Not Ghana

Buxton, Fyrish, Cove-An-John, Bush Lot, Mahaica
Beterverwagting, Vauxhall and Kinderen
No, ah said, Guyana not Ghana

Pompeii, Tanta doux, Bhagwandeen car for hire
Sai John, Sat’day night Sweet shop gas light
Shining on shame-face in de trench water
No, ah said Guyana not Ghana

Black pudding, corn pone, swank, cous-cous and sugar
Jinghji seeds, back-dam metagee wid plenty cassava

Buxton spice – no mango sweeter
When you eat mamie, don drink wine nor water
Ah say de first boy a love was in Parika
Five years ole, he come from Africa

Pass Plaisance?  Ah ask, No, he say further
Georgetown was fah

He say pass dat
Days and nights he spen pon de water
Africa jus to de Brazilian border
Ah believe he

Pardon, said de English school teacher
I was dreaming of  las’ lick, jamoon, rum and coconut water

To John Bull potagee daughter
Ah say, Guyana could a bin Africa
But for Brazil an’ a whole heap ah water
No, ah said, Guyana not Ghana.

by Marc Matthews

Thanks to Maureen for introducing me to this poem following my attempt at Friday lightheartedness with this picture.

Photo by the awesome Nikhil Ramkarran. I seem to enjoy pairing Nikhil’s pictures with poetry, eh? What can I say – art and art go well together!


One thought on “Guyana, Not Ghana

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