The British

Take some Picts, Celts and Silures
And let them settle,
Then overrun them with Roman conquerors.

Remove the Romans after approximately 400 years
Add lots of Norman French to some
Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings, then stir vigorously.

Mix some hot Chileans, cool Jamaicans, Dominicans,
Trinidadians and Bajans with some Ethiopians, Chinese,
Vietnamese and Sudanese.

Then take a blend of Somalians, Sri Lankans, Nigerians
And Pakistanis,
Combine with some Guyanese
And turn up the heat.

Sprinkle some fresh Indians, Malaysians, Bosnians,
Iraqis and Bangladeshis together with some
Afghans, Spanish, Turkish, Kurdish, Japanese
And Palestinians
Then add to the melting pot.

Leave the ingredients to simmer.

As they mix and blend allow their languages to flourish
Binding them together with English.

Allow time to be cool.

Add some unity, understanding, and respect for the future,
Serve with justice
And enjoy.

Note: All the ingredients are equally important. Treating one ingredient better than another will leave a bitter unpleasant taste.

Warning: An unequal spread of justice will damage the people and cause pain. Give justice and equality to all.

by Benjamin Zephaniah

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Comments (41)

I thought the recording was very good
wow wow wow this a Poetic Chef wonderfully written
This poetry in motion.... Add some unity, understand, and respect for the future, Serve with justice,
DIfficult to make it inclusive in any accurate way, but the selection is somewhat lospided. Perhaps it might seem to be about the visible additions, but even that does not really work, given it does have quite a long list. No mention of Irish, Jewish, Italian, Polish, French (London is said now to be the 6th largest city for the French because of how many there are there) Greeks, among others who have leavened the British bread. What are the criteria for inclusion / exclusion here?
Excellent, cooking with multicultural ingredients, there is a bit of fatty oil floating on the top though which refuses to mix in; how do we scoop it off?
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