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MutaBaruka-Dis Poem

Updated on December 22, 2010

Dis Poem

Mutabaruka (born Allan Hope, 26 December 1952, Rae Town Jamaica. As a young man employed by Jamaican Telephone Company Ltd, he became interested in the Rastafari movement and converted from Catholicism while still a teenager. His outspoken statements on theology have generated controversy even among Rastafarians, and he has described Rasta as "part of a universal quest which may also be pursued by other routes, such as Hinduism or Buddhism or Christianity. I saw Mutabaruka at the 1983 Reggae Sunsplash in Montego Bay Jamaica and the above mentioned controversy was everywhere. I was surprised a black man preaching blackness had been actually talked about as possibly not being allowed to perform because of it. Lucky for me that didn't happen and I got to see a killer set from this talented Dub Poet. Jah-Rastafari!                                                                                                          dis poem
shall speak of the wretched sea
that washed ships to these shores
of mothers cryin for their young
swallowed up by the sea
dis poem shall say nothin new
dis poem shall speak of time
time unlimited time undefined
dis poem shall call names
names like lumumba kenyatta nkrumah
hannibal akenaton malcolm garvey
haile selassie
dis poem is vexed about apartheid rascism fascism
the klu klux klan riots in brixton atlanta
jim jones
dis poem is revoltin against 1st world 2nd world
3rd world division man made decision
dis poem is like all the rest
dis poem will not be amongst great literary works
will not be recited by poetry enthusiasts
will not be quoted by politicians nor men of religion
dis poem s knives bombs guns blood fire
blazin for freedom
yes dis poem is a drum
ashanti mau mau ibo yoruba nyahbingi warriors
uhuru uhuru
uhuru namibia
uhuru soweto
uhuru afrika
dis poem will not change things
dis poem need to be changed
dis poem is a rebirth of a peopl
arizin awaking understandin
dis poem speak is speakin have spoken
dis poem shall continue even when poets have stopped writin
dis poem shall survive u me it shall linger in history
in your mind
in time forever
dis poem is time only time will tell
dis poem is still not written
dis poem has no poet
dis poem is just a part of the story
his-story her-story our-story the story still untold
dis poem is now ringin talkin irritatin
makin u want to stop it
but dis poem will not stop
dis poem is long cannot be short
dis poem cannot be tamed cannot be blamed
the story is still not told about dis poem
dis poem is old new
dis poem was copied from the bible your prayer book
playboy magazine the n.y. times readers digest
the c.i.a. files the k.g.b. files
dis poem is no secret
dis poem shall be called boring stupid senseless
dis poem is watchin u tryin to make sense from dis poem
dis poem is messin up your brains
makin u want to stop listenin to dis poem
but u shall not stop listenin to dis poem
u need to know what will be said next in dis poem
dis poem shall disappoint u
because
dis poem is to be continued in your mind in your mind
in your mind your mind

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      justom 5 years ago from 41042

      Hey Twin, it always makes me happy when folks like reggae music and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! Peace!!

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Can't imagine how incredible that must have been to hear him and this powerful song. I love his music and the poetic words just give me goosebumps.

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Victor, I'm happy you had a chance to see him. Of all the great acts at the Sunsplash I was taken aback by his set! His honesty shined! Thanks for checking out the hub! Peace!!

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      I thoroughly enjoyed his performance when he came to Zimbabwe in 2005. He has such a humble manner and an awesome stage presence. Unfortunately I cannot find the piece of paper he signed his autograph on for me! Great hub as usual

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Mdu, thanks, I have a couple of more I'm working on. I'm glad you like him. Peace!! Tom

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      Mdu 6 years ago

      Man, this guy is great! Keep on getting good things for the people

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Thanks twentyfive, they're on the way. Peace!! Tom

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      more poems please.. :)

      interesting man..

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Thanks Prasetio, the more we all know about each other the better our lives are. Peace!! Tom

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, you made this so different. I am glad to know this form you. This is special poem for me. Good work. have a nice holiday!

      Prasetio:)

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Yes, this is new to me as well, thank you for reaching deep to give us all what we crave...knowledge! I love your heart my dear boyfriend, you are open and real, I bless you and yours and let's break into the new year with more noise then we have been doing this year. Love and peace darski rate up

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      True Micky Dee, always glad you check these hubs out. Hope you have a GREAT Christmas and a happy healthy new year. Much love from Justin and I!!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Thanks Vern, I'm glad you liked this. Some would not be as receptive because this guy does stir it up but he does tell his truth and I respect him for that. I went to high school right by a university and had the pleasure of meeting many different kinds of people because of it. Grade school I was the minority being one of 3 white kids. You learn that people are just people, everyone's different in some ways but the bottom line is we're all here together and should appreciate those differences instead of exploiting them. If we don't talk before I hop you have a happy Christmas and a great new year! Love you brother, Peace!! Tom

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      We continue to see "the END product" and yet the dogma is run over and killed by the karma. God bless Tom! Merry Christmas Justin!

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      Vernon Bradley 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      Thanks, Tom, for making sure that we hear what perhaps is not familiar or perhaps what we do not want to hear, or maybe for some what is not worth listening to. A mentor of mine, Virginia Satir, she is now dead, said that when our self worth is in good shape (not self esteem), then we are drawn to differences in culture and people and they do not threaten us, It is wonderful to have folks like you, Tom, to give us the opportunity to get to "know" Muta Baruka. I really like the poem. Many of us need to be bored out of our minds till we start paying attention!!

      Peace, Tom

      Love you

      Vern

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Me too!! I'm going to get some sleep, we'll talk soon! Tom

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      you always make me smile...yes you are right and wish we lived closer...sssshhhh...HUGs again Merle Ann

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      True but I always try to think it's gonna' be better. Just my way of gettin' through. Peace and Love!! Tom

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      TOM..maybe? well who knows what this next year will bring?

      I too love all kinds of music, am not as knowledgeable as you are about names and dates and history but I listen to it all, groove to it all and can't get enuf...

      BIG HUGS...:O) Merle Ann

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Merle Ann, I think it's so cool you like this. I've always loved all kinds of different music and have seen so much it even sometimes baffles me. Hope you have a great Christmas too. What do you mean maybe :D Peace and Love!! Tom

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Todd, yeah this ain't background music man. Please listen!!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      moncrieff, glad you liked it. This guy is killer and I'm not surprised you've not heard of him. If not for Jamaica in'83 I might not have either. Peace!! Tom

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      Merle Ann Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      You know people are so wondeful...I love this music...I love how you bring new things to my mind...you seem to have surely been around my dear man...Lucky YOU...Loved the poem and to tell you the truth it was much better told by him...LOL...

      Cultures are so intersting and the base of all are feelings, Love, reality and GOD, in whatever way one sees God... I am the man you can love or hate...

      Am sitting here grooving to the music..."we never get serious" ?...OK TOM have a wonderful,Loving Christmas catcha next year...maybe...:O) HUGS Merle Ann

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      hahahah. That song was very relaxing. I didn't really pay any attention to the lyrics. . . .as I was talking to a beauty on facebook at the same time. I'll listen again and see if the lyrics were NOT meant to be relaxing!

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      moncrieff 6 years ago from New York, NY

      I loved the recitation of the poem! I've never heard of Mutabaruka before though; actually the only Jamaican poet I knew was Derek Walcott, but he is not connected with the Rastafari believes whatsoever.

      Some great dub style music would go perfectly with Mutabaruka's poems. Thanks for sharing!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Don't do that, I like it when you get fired up. I've always been one to do my share pissing folks off with truth.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      LOL! You've got my type down all right! I'm going to try to present less angry words, and more solutions. . . . .but it's sort of hard to bite my tongue,. . .er, I mean fingers.

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Cool Todd, you'll like this guy he stirs up plenty of shit!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Tom, you're great for telling me about people that I don't know anything about. Keep it up! I'm giving it a listen.