de Man

IV
Jesus Meets His Mother

When dis child
Jesus was a likl bwoy
Me was apprentice to him Pa.
A real funny ’prentice!
Me was a big man, forty plus,
Wid one hand twist, de next
One chop off at de wrist.
But dat man Joseph teach
Me how to use hammer
And saw and chisel wid
Mi twist hand and mi stump.
…Still is de lady Mary
Dat me couldn’t take
Mi two eye from. And so
Me watch her, so she watch
Dat child. An all de while
She going on doing what
She have to do. Me cyaan ex-
Plain to yuh. Is like she
Know dis child is de most
Precious thing and like — just
How him running up and
Down chasing him ball — she
Seeing him dying right dere
As she look.
So me just
Have to do a likl
Jostling here today. Me
Know just now she seeing
Before her eye what she
Was looking at for all
Dem years. See. Is de self-
Same countenance she gazing
On him wid… And him…
Oh Jesus, don’t look pon
Her so. She know you love
Her right down to yuh toe.
She know yuh never want
To leave her so. She know
Jah say is so it haffe
Go. From yuh was likl
Jesus, she did know.

 

 

de ManReviews of de man

Caribbean Bookshelf (November/December 1995) A round up of new books about the Caribbean. Caribbean Beat, Issue 16. Caribbean Beat. 1995. Caribbean Beat. Jan 11 2014.

Carr, Brenda. “Caribbean Word Power” [includes a review of de Man: A performance poem] Canadian Literature 154 (1997) 136-137

Ganz, Shoshannah and McKenzie, Stephanie. Saltfish and Ackee: An Interview with Pamela Mordecai. Postcolonial Text, Vol 6, No. 1 (2011). Memorial University (Grenfell Campus). <Saltfish&Ackee.pdf>

Nash, Roger. * Review of Pamela Mordecai, De Man: A Performance Poem, in Canadian Book Review Annual, Toronto: Simon and Pierre Publishing, 1996, p. 208.

Wilson, Jeanne. “Agony, ecstasy of his last journey.” The Sunday Gleaner, May 28, 1995.

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