Neighbours

I am the type you are supposed to fear
Black and foreign
Big and dreadlocks
An uneducated grass eater.

by Benjamin Zephaniah Click to read full poem

Comments about Neighbours

Dr Tony Brahmin 13 Apr 04:19
I am the type you are supposed to love Dark and mysterious Tall and natural Thinking, tea total. very fine poem. great imagination. tony
Dr Tony Brahmin 13 Apr 2019 01:21
I talk in tongues I chant at night I appear anywhere, I sleep with lions And when the moon gets me I am a Wailer. beautiful. imagination, words. ideas. wonderful. tony
Mahtab Bangalee 07 Jul 2018 11:00
excellent writings- my liking lines- I am the type you are supposed to love Dark and mysterious.... and natural And when the moon gets me I am a Wailer. And when the sun is shining I go Carnival. really good to read and read and read this poem is
Irfanulla Shariff 07 Jul 2018 10:22
I really like the last to lines. Great poem. Very well done Benjamin!
Dr Tony Brahmin 07 Jul 2018 08:43
a mysterious poem.. well done my dear poet. tony
Savita Tyagi 07 Jul 2018 08:19
Marvelous poem. A real opening for our curious and fearful psychology. We fear dark and mysterious nights but same nigh becomes pleasant with moonlight.
Glen Kappy 07 Jul 2018 07:18
I think I would find Benjamin an interesting neighbor. For starters, how many people care about poetry? -GK
Robert Murray Smith 07 Jul 2018 12:54
Not a poem worthy of this category. Personalised and caters to stereotypes. I note one cliched line.
Tom Allport 21 Dec 2016 09:43
you are welcome anytime to our house in the middle of the street, it would be nice to meet
Diana Van Den Berg 13 Nov 2015 04:32
Love, love, love the attitude! Kudos, Benjamin! You are so right! Love it all but absolutely love the last stanza turn-around! Magnificent! I know all the wonderful things you do, and I really hope that you use this poem as often as you can and in as many places as you can! I particularly love the line: I sleep with lions How I would love to do that, if it was, in any way possible! I am a white African and I adore my country (South Africa) and my continent (Africa) passionately, because of its wonders and despite its horrors.
Susan Williams 13 Oct 2015 03:09
In the second part of the poem, the first line is repeated, with the word “love” instead of “fear”. The negative descriptives have been changed into positives. Prejudice makes you see the negative because you are afraid of the unknown.: Instead of raging and increasing the fear factor, his tone is humorous.
F J Thomas 11 Jun 2014 07:18
Now THAT is an introduction and a half! ;) Very nice Ben
Nancy Oyula 11 Jun 2014 07:13
oh Benji! Writing good as always
Ahmad Shiddiqi 10 Aug 2009 12:14
what a lovely, humble and straighforward of autobiographical words!
Ijanric Howe 30 Jul 2009 06:32
Sums up contemporary, casual racism so well. Come and be my neighbour Benjamin - we go Carnival together!