De Rong Song

Your house is
Falling down
Around
Your
Feet,
And you got
Nought
To eat,
Don't worry
Be happy.
Your fish
Have drowned
You wear
A frown,
You search
But you don't
Own a pound,
Don't worry
Be happy.

You ain't got
Nowhere to
Play,
Just balconies
And
Motorways,
Don't worry
Be happy.

You meet
Someone
You really like,
They tell you to
Get on your bike,
Don't worry
Be happy.

You're on your bike
And all is fine,
You get caught
In a washing line,
Don't worry
Be happy.
You go to school
The school is
Gone,
The Government
Put pressure on,
Don't worry
Be happy.
Your tea is
Dry
Your ice is
Hot,
Your head is
Tied up in a
Not,
Don't worry
Be happy.
You worry
Because
You're hurrying,
And hurry
Because
You're worrying,
Don't happy
Be worried.

by Benjamin Zephaniah

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Comments (10)

great stuff. the poet is not out to please any puritan but to chart a different path. you should know that english cannot be monopolised by any puritan. it has been enriched by several other languages
Am I the only one to see the poignant pathos and well-expressed cynicism and tongue-in-cheek in this superb poem? To me, your voice is as clear as a bell in this!
This is what I call a poem.
Great poem indeed, reassuring, many things will happen to make one worry in life so why worry? why should one stay worried?
Don't happy Be worried, who can be in this corrupt world. Thank you Benjamin Zephaniah
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