Granny Is

Granny is
fried dumplin' an' run-dung,
coconut drops an' grater cake,
fresh ground coffee smell in the mornin'
when we wake.

Granny is
loadin' up the donkey,
basket full on market day
with fresh snapper the fishermen bring back
from the bay.

Granny is
clothes washin' in the river
scrubbin' dirt out on the stone
haulin' crayfish an' eel from the water
on her own.

Granny is
stories in the moonlight
underneath the guangu tree
and a spider web of magic
all round we.

Granny say,
'Only de best fe de gran'children,
it don' matter what de price,
don't want no one pointin' finger.'

Granny nice.


from Let Me Touch the Sky (Macmillan Children's Books, 2000), copyright © Valerie Bloom 2000, used by permission of the author

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Valerie Bloom

Valerie Bloom Reading from her Poems

1Autumn Gilt

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2Granny Is

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3Swinging

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4The River

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5Pinda Cake

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6De

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7I'm Not A Kid

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8Let's Go Play Football

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9Associations

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10Heather

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11De Bread Van

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12Kisko Pop

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13Mummy, Are You Blind?

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14Time

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15Two Seasons

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16Sandwich

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17Something Comes

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18Scared of the Dark

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19Next Door's Cat

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20Frost

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21Guidance

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22Whose Dem Boots

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23Tables

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24Mega Star Rap

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25Chicken Dinner

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26Tall Tales

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27Chicken Poxed

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28Haircut Rap

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29Baffled Turkey

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30Eat Your Veg

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31Fruits

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32Who Dat Girl?

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33The Old House

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34My Brother Helps Out

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35We Don't Believe

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36The Tall Ships

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37Don' Ride No Coconut Bough Down Dere

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38What Am I?

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39My Sister Thinks I'm Hopeless

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40Riddle 1

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41Riddle 2

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42Duppy Jamboree

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