Tro-Tro Pow-Pow (Jamaican Poem)

by James Messam
(London)

Long ago when mi y’eye deh ah mi knee, mi used to wear short trousers and mi foot sole grounded, mi used to visit mi granny an mi grand pa.


When evening come granny put on the big Yabba pot and full it with earth food. Mi notice the absence of salting so mi sey, ”Granny yu nah cook noh salting".

Mi granny scratch her head and sey, "Son, ah only we too lib, mi and you grand pa. When mi cook the likkle bickle wi just nyaam it so, so, so. Yu grand pa prefer to save up the money in a the big calabash.

Last week mi really want to test him so when Sunday m’awning come mi get up bright and early and look after him favourite breakfast, bammy and chocolate tea broiling hot with the oil pan the top, but mi noh put one drop a sugar in deh.

Mi set it pan the table and call him. Him bless it and start savour the taste. When him reach halfway through it mi hear him sey. "Rachel di tea could teck likkli bit more sugar".

Mi sey, "Den granny him really drink it without sugar? She sey, ”A soh him used to it so- Soh Soh”

Granny sey, “Anyway mi noh know if like how you deh yah him wi do any betta. Go dung a gully and tell him fi give yu tropance meck yu buy tropance shad.

So mi hop skip and jump till mi reach de guinep tree trunk whey him a sharpen him belly woman cutlass and sey "Gra—an pa granny s-ey fi gi me tro-pance- m-ek mi buy t-rop-ance shad”.

Him look up wid a frown an wipe him forehead wid him big finga. Mi utterance seem to startle him, for him raise himself up and look mi straight in a mi ‘yeye and sey,” Tropance shad! Wholla tropance shad? You a go uppen shap? Bway you mad? Look how tropance shad nuff?

Grand pa sey "Any way tell her fi look ova de creng –creng him see de dutchy wid some oil kibba up wid coco leaf whey mi use last week, him fi go dung a di tro –tro patta and pick two big tro-tro she fi cook dem till dem soft and meck tro- tro pow- pow.

An mi grandpa nebba tap 'naam tro- tro pow- pow till him deaf.

Ah yah yahh.

© J Messam
Mobile: 07950526025
E Mail: jamesmessam@hotmail.com
WWW.THE-ESSENCE.INFO

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to article_submission.

What Is Your Best Jamaican Christmas Experience? Here's What Others Have Said, OR Click Here To Share Your Own

Great Articles You Might Have Missed

wellesley gayle 2017

Was The Information Helpful?

Great! Please help me get the message out by sharing with your friends on social media (links below)

You are also welcome to join my special friends list and receive exclusive updates (like this), tips, trivia and stories from lovers of Jamaica! Just enter...

Also connect with My-Island-Jamaica.com on Social Media: 
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Thank You!

Need More Help?

We have a cherry list of top Jamaican companies that might be able to help you. Please click here to see them, our preferred partners and site sponsors.

copyscpe
Top Of Page
Wellesley Gayle

What's New? Click Here And See

SEARCH THE SITE



Site Sponsors

jamaica_click_down_here_visit_our_sponsors

Our Preferred Sponsors (below)

(Our Sponsorship Policy)

Photographers in Jamaica
Wedding Photographers
Jamaican Souvenirs
Best Jamaican Souvenirs Cars For Sale In Jamaica
Cars For Sale

Click Here to Visit Our Sponsors' Page

Did You Miss These?

What's New?

Below is a list of the very latest articles I posted on the site.

Recent Articles

  1. Jamaica Christmas dream

    Dec 17, 17 11:14 PM

    Re: What's Your Dream Jamaican Christmas? I have been going to Jamaica for many years but I have never been there during Christmas. My dream Jamaican

    Read More

  2. My Jamaica Dream Christmas

    Dec 17, 17 11:10 PM

    Re: What's Your Dream Jamaican Christmas? For me Christmas in Jamaica is already special, there is no where else like yaad at Christmas time! The only

    Read More

  3. My Island Jamaica Forums - Exhibiting the spirit of Jamaica

    Dec 16, 17 01:18 PM

    The new and exciting My Island Jamaica forums allow our readers share stories, ask questions, give their views and reviews as well as comment on topics by others. Great stuff!

    Read More

  4. Sports Played In Jamaica - Top Jamaican Sports & Games

    Dec 16, 17 10:59 AM

    Sports is one arena that exemplifies our distinctive culture. Here are the popular sports played in Jamaica.

    Read More

New!  I've created a Welcome Audio. Just click the Play button below to listen.

Please subscribe here to get my latest updates.