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SAVE OUR SONS (SOS)

 

From "Propa Propaganda"

 

By Benjamin Zephaniah

 

Friday, April 18, 2008.

 

 

We Black men of England
Too proud to cry for shame,
Let's cry a sea
Cry publicly,
Expose our very pain,
For Babylon the bandit
Is on our sisters trail,
The bad talk
And the cool walk
Will not keep us out of jail.

 

We Black men of England
Our guns are killing us,
How dare we?
Now hear me
How great is dangerous?
There's a fascist and a druggist
Out to get our kith and kin,
Let silent guns
Save our sons
The power is within.

 

We Black men of England
Excel as if in sport
For our people,
Because some people
Want to see our face in court,
When we Black men of England
Look the mirror in the face,
Through our sisters eyes
We men shall rise
As proud sons of our race.

 

Benjamin Zephaniah is a critically-acclaimed British poet, playwright and author. He also has his own rap/reggae band.

 

There are rumours that Zephaniah is Nelson Mandela's favourite poet, and is the only Rastafarian poet to be short-listed for the Chairs of Poetry for both Oxford and Cambridge University. A civil rights activist, his latest novel, Gangsta Rap, is available at all reputable bookshops.

 

Copyright of Benjamin Zephaniah. Please see his website at http://www.benjaminzephaniah.com

 

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