26 May 2010

School Bwoy

The words of another talented Sister are written to shed light on Jamaica's current state of affairs. The words of Marsha M...



Clasp your hands and close your eyes!
Says Teacher, to which they comply

Little boys in khaki uniforms stand in assembly
Before God and all mankind

Little boys in khaki uniforms become big boys who have lost their way

Little boys in khaki uniforms become big boys who rub out their hand middles smoking the good green that Jah supply, delirious on a corner. One spliff leads to another

Little boys in khaki uniforms become big boys who have children and abandon them causing a generation of confused, maladjusted, tight pants wearing, bejeweled scarf wearing, unemployed gangsters who are desperately trying to find Daadi

Little boys in khaki uniforms become big boys who get deported and become area leaders who rule by the gun in an attempt to get some respect after years of being neglected and overlooked, who have no mercy because where was mercy when they needed it?

Little boys in khaki uniforms go to Parliament and live the life-exotic holidays, criss cars, immunity from the law, homes that rival any Hollywood celebrity, and a pretty Brown ting of good breeding.

Little boys in khaki uniforms readily become a Klansman, a One order, a Stone Crusher, a soldier of the garrison shooting for what??? They don't know

Little boys in khaki uniforms become big boys who are sensible enough to weave puns and sing tunes that demean women, and glorify the gun then deflect responsibility for the subsequent breakdown in society among youth because as far as they are concerned "him haffi eat a food"

Little boys in khaki uniforms forget Sharpe, Tacky, Bogle, Garvey and fall victim to the number that slavery did on us causing increased sales in Fair and White Skin Cream and Isoplus Hair Relaxer

Little boys in Khaki uniforms become the leader of our nation and allow himself to get into bed with all kinds of mix up and have dual personalities who promises to "stamp out corruption!" then use semantics to try to back out of a colossal mess.

Little boys in khaki uniforms have the potential to be great if only they are nurtured, and guided and supported
if only they clasped their hands and closed their eyes.

~M

3 comments:

  1. I agree! I was one of these little boys in khaki uniforms who lost sight/lost my way. However, the pen gives me more potency than the gun ever did. And that is what drives most boys I know, feeling of inadequacy/lack of power. I thoroughly feel this piece, mi Sis. One Love, Everytime..

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