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If I Waz a Tap Natch Poet (English translation)

  • Artist: Linton Kwesi Johnson
  • Song: If I Waz a Tap Natch Poet 2 translations
  • Translations: English, German
  • Requests: Portuguese
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If I Was a Top-Notch Poet

If I was a top-notch poet
Like Chris Okigbo
Derek Walcott
Or T.S.Eliot
 
I would write a poem
So damn deep
That it bitter-sweet
Like a precious
Memory
Will make you weep
Will make you feel incomplete
 
Like when your lover leaves
And though defeat you concede
Still you beg and you plead
Till you win a reprieve
And you're ready for rock steady
But the music is done already
 
Still
In the meantime
With my rythm
With my rhyme
With my rough base line
With my own sense of time
 
Goon poets have to step in line
'Cause Buthelezi might get a couple of thousands
But Mandela for him
Thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands
 
If I was a top-notch poet
Like Kamau Brathwaite
Martin Carter
Jayne Cortez or Amiri Baraka
 
I would write a poem
So rude
And rootsy
And subversive
That it will make the goon poets
Turn white with envy
 
Like a candomblé/ voodoo/ kumina chant
An old time calypso or a slave song
That got banned
But from granny
 
Right
Done
To
Gran,
Child
 
Each and every one
Can recite that - if they want
 
Still
In the meantime
With my rhythm
With my rhyme
With my rough base line
With my own sense of time
 
Goon poets have to step in line
'Cause Buthelezi might get a couple of thousands
But Mandela for him
Thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands
 
If I was a top-notch poet
Like Tchikaya U'tamsi
Nicholas Guillen
Or Lorna Goodison
 
I would write a poem
So beautiful that it's simple
Like a plain girl
With good brains
And nice ways
With a sexy disposition
And plenty compassion
With a sweet smile
And a subtle style
 
Still
I will not bow and scrape
And groan like a ape
Peddling no puerile parchment of ethnicity
With only a vague fleeting hint of authenticity
Like a black Lance Percival in reverse
Or even worse
A babbling buffoon will loose his tongue
 
No, Sir
Not at all
I've got my rhythm
I've got my rhyme
I've got my rough base line
I've got my own sense of time
 
Goon poets better step in line
'Cause Buthelezi might get a couple of thousands
But Mandela for him
Thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands
 
Thanks!
thanked 22 times
Submitted by malucamaluca on Sun, 24/08/2014 - 23:31
Last edited by malucamaluca on Thu, 06/09/2018 - 03:30
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