You can read 19 more articles this month
Goodnight Africa Man
I won’t say much.
You’re the poet. I’m the carer
who says goodnight
to dementia patients. Makes
sure they’ve swallowed
medication. Turns out lights.
I like England because my dreams
are different here, I mean
that they are comfortable.
I wake up younger
if I think about Lucinda,
the Jamaican lady in the wheelchair,
seventy-nine years in her body, one leg
cut off from diabetes but missing
no happiness. Like a child
when she sees me, enough watts
in her face to light huts between woods.
Every night she says hello Africa Man!
and calls me the happiest neighbour she’s ever had.
Her brain tells her
that it is nineteen sixty-something
in Montego Bay and she is living
with her father who is
a butcher: that’s dementia,
an illness with a cleaver.
She asks when her father’s coming back,
I say soon and she sits there looking soulful.
One night she asked if I’ve seen many oceans,
I said that there aren’t any oceans in Uganda,
and I never had time to visit them;
she says that there is always
enough time in our lives to see
what we must.
Raymond Antrobus is a Jamaican-British poet and spoken word educator, born and bred in Hackney, east London. His book, Shapes & Disfigurements of Raymond Antrobus, is published by Burning Eye. He is currently writing his next collection, The Island That's Hard To Find In English.
Connect with Well Versed on Facebook.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.