A Poem For Thought

This month’s post is a simple poem for thought. Comments below.

Lesson Observation

From an East London Classroom;

At the back I have my elbows pressed
against the blue painted desk
a voice at the front speaks of culture,
ritual, language and faith
A white man, slim lipped
oval face, brown eyes

What does this mean to you?

The class is still in thoughts of origin
of Pakistan, India, Kenya
Look up at the man asking
how he’s relevant

Clicking mouths in wrinkled features
the aftermath of a Monsoon month
Fasting ends in EID

Kabul, Peshawar, Nairobi
Gather in the room together

Eastern festivals light
under fireworks or plain gunpowder.

Yet when all the ceremonies of Africa and Asia
are exhausted
A round black boy in the middle
shakes his head to a friend and asks
But here, they have no culture?


About natashabrowne

Natasha is a freelance journalist and aspiring economist.
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3 Responses to A Poem For Thought

  1. Aoife kavanagh says:

    Ta! Wow! I love it!!!!

  2. Cha says:

    I know the black boy is wondering if there is any English culture left. especially in East London wherein a big number of residents and students are asylum seekers. hence, it is their culture that pervades, although they are in a foreign land, which is suppose to help them become accustomed to their new surroundings. it feels weird for African and south asian students to have a white student around, because he is a minority or even an exception to everything that surrounds him. the black boy is questioning if there is any ‘Englishness’ left.

  3. Josh Jones says:

    This is a really good!
    Keep up the good work, my favourite Irish dancin’ girl.

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