by Pheonia Bailey
(London UK)

The Greens of Manchester JA

The Greens of Manchester JA

Jamaica50 Entry #21 -Aye Mi Jamaica Gal(Poem)

Jamaica gal; a mi dis Patois Princess a talk
De one yuh mek hol’ yuh han’ an accompany yuh
‘pon yuh walk
De one yuh gi’ privilege fi roam Manchester an’ St Ann
Seh wah? If a dah said lil’ nattah head chubbo chubbo
shy shy gal weh Girlie did hab?

Well Ma! Mi still chubbo chubbo an’ de head nuh so natty
now-but yes gal, a mi said one!

Jamaica gal yuh know a long time since mi Mumma dem
carry mi come a farin
But if mi shoulda eva forget yuh; Lord know seh mi
woulda commit big sin!
Mi Country yuh did so good to mi; from de day mi a swing
'pon tree limb, an' nyaam off yuh succulent fruits
From mi banga days dung a riverside an’ learning up a
Willel School
Mi know mi a big gal now mi fren but how mi coulda
forget mi roots?

Wi chase mongoose an’ duppy fowl , read Anansi
an’ dance Jankunoo
Wi pick off ticks from Myrtle cow an’ run
when wi see patoo
Ah memba how wi used to ‘row boat’ wid tin boom
an’ cart wheel dumplin'
An' if wi ever see green lizad, yuh done know stone
haffi fling!
Wi neva mean harm or even insult
When wi aim after bird wid wi lickle catapult

We run inna de green an’ kinpuppalick inna de grass
Shhh All sometime wi use to tief weh from class!
Star apple, lychee, june plum galore
All when wi belly a bust, wi still a bawl out fi
more more more!
Wi mix de sugar waata an’ pep it up wid lime
An' fi see mango juice through yuh fingers; add to de
memories so divine!

Wi did love fi go a gully, but a steep climb fi go dung
Wi overcome wi fear, when Granny carry wi go a grung
She plant peanut fi mek wi punch an’ strawberry fi wi jam
Nuff sweet potato an’ irish, scallion an’ yam
Mi an’ mi cousin Tracey dem jus’ did love fi
nyam nyam nyam!

So as mi memba yuh now mi gal, Ah feel yuh sunlight
'pon mi skin
Ah feel de pride a bus up inna mi an’ joy a flood widdin
For yuh a celebrate yuh Golden years, FIFTY a dem in
An' when mi see de strengt' yuh come out wid, Jah know
mi want fi bawl
For yuh endure years o’ hardships, yuh suffer nuff
fallen trees
For people come come turrup yu lan’ an neva seh
tenks nor please
Columbus seh ‘im discover yuh but eh, Arawak neva
deh yah firs’?
Dem call yuh Land o’ Wood an’ Water; for yuh satisfy
dem tirs’

Mi glad fi de one dem weh did always believe
an’ neva give up hope
For even inna slavery days yuh breath an’ beauty help
dem cope!
Ah see de look inna yuh eyes mi gal, Ah see de tears yuh
waan' fi cry
But neva mind mi Jamaica gal, yuh redemption draweth nigh
It feava yuh no know yuh lub; it look like yuh nuh know
yuh fame?
When yuh hear dem clap han’ an’ seh: Wonder of the
Worl’... Jamaica, yuh is de one an’ ONLY same!

So enjoy yuh Grand Celebrations, drink in de atmosphere
An’ know although some inna farin lan’ ...we neva
stop wi care
After all dese heap o’ years, yuh Beauty fresh no less
An’ mi write dissa poem letter yah, fi mek yuh know mi
tink yuh a de BEST!

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Jul 31, 2019
AwesomeAmazing! Thank You!
by: Cheri Avery Black

I'm so glad Wellsley promoted this again (since 2012) so that I got to read it.

The Jamaican language is so rich and rhythmic Thanks to many like you and Miss Lou who were proud to carry on the tradition, in spite of the odds, the literary world has also recognized Jamaican to be a full language, and for sure, not broken English.

It's "not bad" when others honor excellence!

I just finished writing our memoir about our souls coming together in 1994 as we now celebrate 23 years of marriage and are living our dream lives in Jamaica, in spite of all the hardships. "Loving To Be WE" should be online via Booklocker.com (Amazon, etc.) by September this year, latest.

I included conversation in a very modified version of Patwah/Jamaican it hopes to add some spicy reality representing the vibrational flow of most Jamaicans.

I hope to get some positive (and helpful, constructive) feedback for this humble effort. I also wrote about the many cross-cultural differences (and similarities) of the way I grew up in rural Kansas and Philadelphia compared to the ways of my amazing, loving husband. I look forward to launching the book this fall in my beloved Jamaica.

We have a guest house (I dreamed of when I was 33, now I'm 73) in Mt. Salem, Montego Bay, and enjoy visitors from around the world who want to experience Jamaica outside of the resorts. We're so glad to help with this.

I imagine you've much written more since 2012... where can we see it?

One love,

Sep 25, 2012
by: Clarke-Reid

Love it, love it fe true. Yes,this poem say all I would say, it touches every aspect of our living. Althouh I live abroad my heart ""cry out for peace, unity,education opportunities and affordability so the young people especially can be a success". Mi love mi country an mi kno sa nu way nu betta dan yard. Good job my girl,
One love, Happy 50th Jamaica Land we love!!

Aug 21, 2012
You are the best
by: Carol Chambers

I remember so vividly the days when we were both students at Newport VTC. It did not take a long time for us to become friends and throughout the years we have managed to maintain this wonderful friendship. You went to England and did not hesitate in letting them know just who you are. They have a great treasure in you and I hope they recognize that. Jamaica however, have the greatest treasure of all because wherever you go around the world, you will always be our Jamaican girl. All the very best my friend and as always, lots of love.

Aug 03, 2012
Wicked, baby girl!!!WICKED!!!!
by: Chinno

It's been years, but I can so see you performing this. Love it!!
Keeping on representing.... One love..

Jul 30, 2012
Aye mi jamaica gal
by: Elaine curtis

I'm very proud of my Heritage and the fact that we have our own unique language.  Thanx Pee for bringing our language to life.

Jul 24, 2012
Mi proud a yuh!
by: Anonymous

Sis me memba years ago when u use to write yuh poems dem inna exercise book! Your hard work will not go in vain! Keep up the great work, you make me proud:):)

Jul 23, 2012
Proud caan done!
by: Samantha Edwards

So proud of you sis! Your work is filled with creativity, and gives a vivid image of some of your memories of Jamaica. You embrace a major part of our culture- patois. Exceptional work little Ms. Lou!

Jul 23, 2012
Aye mi Jamaica Gal!
by: Esther

What can I say?... Absolutely wonderful!!!

Jul 23, 2012
Celebrate the big 50 JA
by: Charmaine

Brilliant Well done PPP! You do JA proud.

Jul 23, 2012
Memories Relived and loving it
by: T Lilly

This one transported me to childhood memories. The words made me not only visualize but truly experience the words of the poem. It was like being transported back in time. Also the touches on historical aspects of Jamaica. This style was like something straight outta Ms Lou book. Love it Phe Phe, keep up the work.

Jul 23, 2012
by: Edgar

Very creative,funny and refreshing but the one thing i would say to capture the eyes of the people is to make it a little shorter. God bless

Jul 23, 2012
by: Beverley Hammond

Very inspiring and a vivid description of JAMAICA land we love. Brings back memories!!

Jul 23, 2012
Miss Lou Granny
by: Kerrie Vassall Richards

Miss Lou would be proud a you. What a way u just captcha di journey. So many come and not even say teny but we still going strong. What a powerful piece.

Jul 23, 2012
Poetic Patois Princess - Is this the next Miss Lou?
by: Andria

Phee Phee Gal you good bad!! What a picture you paint of my childhood days in the country... I can taste the mango jusice running through my fingers. Big up girl - a true daughter of JA!

Jul 22, 2012
on point
by: Errol Gee

Funny creative and inspiring as always!
Luv it!

Jul 22, 2012
Excellent Reminder
by: Paulette

Well written reminder of childhood memories, Keep it up

Jul 22, 2012
by: Anonymous

galang gal yuh de bast

Jul 22, 2012
Found the winner!
by: Candice

Love this poem!!!!! Very well written.

Jul 22, 2012
Found the winner!
by: Candice

Love this poem!!!!! Very well written.

Jul 22, 2012
Yes man
by: Anonymous

Excellent as usual - thanks for sharing this with us

Jul 22, 2012
by: Anonymous

Great poem. Brings back sweet memories!

Jul 22, 2012
jamaican memories flow
by: Anonymous

you have managed to capture the real essence of my jamaican childhood, well put together,thanks for sharing,keep up the good work.

Jul 22, 2012
Patios Princess
by: Mechel

Loving it.

Jul 22, 2012
thank you
by: Pheonia

thanks for the feedback mi dear and much blessings to yuh!(Yuh dun know JA a boom! lol)

Jul 21, 2012
Great Poem
by: Simone

Fee, that was awesome!!! Luv it!! Mi dun know sey yuh nah lef out JA. Continue to shine as always.

Jul 21, 2012
yawd gal
by: Anonymous

galang gal always memba yu born grung...... very good composition

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