Me cyan do de jamaican accent
More offensive than Pitt’s Mickey Blue Eyes
the sound of one grappling for roots
is more hoarse than a liar clearing their throat.

De language nah mek no sense
more comfortable with pas toi than patoi
Result of paternal roots unwatered
result of paternal’s roots unwatered too
so absence is inherited and watered too.
Seeds of lack germinate – threatening growth.

Severed from one of many mother lands
yet like ghost limbs, a faint whiff of hands ancestral
and tongues linger in the back-ground.
Embarrassed laughter called upon to hide the drought
But an empty well’s echo is LOUD.
Yeah like de belly dat grumble
less food it have – mo sound it mek.

Me cyan do de jamaican accent
Me fada knows how but him neva teach me
So here i stand making up sounds
Hoping for an inheritance found.