Wicked World

Welcome to the wild and wicked words of Benjamin Zephaniah! You'll find loads of the cool people who make up our world in this rapping, happening, hot and hip collection. So come and meet Benjamin's friends and you'll soon make lots of new ones of your own! Text copyright ©Benjamin Zephaniah, 2000. Published by Puffin Books.


1. We Refugees

I come from a musical place

Where they shoot me for my song

And my brother has been tortured

By my brother in my land.


I come from a beautiful place

Where they hate my shade of skin

They don't like the way I pray

And they ban free poetry.


I come from a beautiful place

Where girls cannot go to school

There you are told what to believe

And even young boys must grow beards.


We can all be refugees

Nobody is safe,

All it takes is a mad leader

Or no rain to bring forth food,

We can all be refugees

We can all be told to go,

We can be hated by someone

For being someone.


I come from a beautiful place

Where the valley floods each year

And each year the hurricane tells us

That we must keep moving on. 


I come from an ancient place

All my family were born there

And I would like to go there

But I really want to live.


I come from a sunny, sandy place

Where tourists go to darken skin

And dealers like to sell guns there

I just can't tell you what's the price.


I am told I have no country now

I am told I am a lie

I am told that modern history books

May forget my name.


We can all be refugees

Sometimes it only takes a day,

Sometimes it only takes a handshake

Or a paper that is signed.

We all came from refugees

Nobody simply just appeared

Nobody's here without a struggle

And why should we live in fear

Of the weather or the troubles?

We all came here from somewhere. 

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