Thursday 7 October 2010

National Poetry Day (UK)

I know it's one minute to midnight and very, very soon it will be Friday 8th October. But I didn't want to miss the opportunity to celebrate National Poetry Day in the UK, which is (was) on Thursday 7th October.

Here's my offering, by one of the UK's foremost, meekest and funniest poets, Benjamin Zephaniah:

"Everybody Is Doing It"

In Hawaii they Hula
They Tango in Argentina
They Reggae in Jamaica
And they Rumba down in Cuba,
In Trinidad and Tobago
They do the Calypso
And in Spain the Spanish
They really do Flamenco.

In the Punjab they Bhangra
How they dance Kathak in India
Over in Guatemala
They dance the sweet Marimba,
Even foxes dance a lot
They invented the Fox Trot,
In Australia it's true
They dance to the Didgeridoo.

In Kenya they Benga
They Highlife in Ghana
They dance Ballet all over
And Rai dance in Algeria,
They Jali in Mali
In Brazil they Samba
And the girls do Belly Dancing
In the northern parts of Africa.

Everybody does the Disco
From Baghdad to San Francisco
Many folk with razzamataz
Cannot help dancing to Jazz,
They do the Jig in Ireland
And it is really true
They still Morris dance in England
When they can find time to."

(taken from A Poet Called Benjamin Zephaniah)

Next Post: "Sunday Mornings: Coffee, Reflections and Music", to be published on Sunday 10th October at 10am (GMT)


  1. That's really sweet, Cuban!

    Happy Belated Poetry Day!


  2. I love Zephaniah - have you seen him perform live?? he visited Buenos Aires when I lived there and I took all my students - he was wonderful!! Greetings from Mexico

  3. Oh, happy poetry day! I'd die without it.

  4. That's fabulous.. and informative..

    How interesting a Poetry day.

  5. Being late is fine - we have our big event in Montrose a day late anyway (small towns...more chance of a big audience on a Friday!).

  6. What a way to celebrate the day! Great choice.

  7. Such simple words! The way they're strung together, though, they make you want to shake a leg, don't they?

  8. Way to kick off my weekend ACIL! What a choice to celebrate Poetry Day. Thank you for that.

  9. Many thanks for your kind words. I've only seen Benjamin on telly. It must be a treat to see him live. :-)

    Greetings from London.

  10. What an energetic poem! I can just see the limbs flying! Great new blog image too, by the way.

  11. Happy Belated Poetry Day wishes fro me also, Cuban. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.

  12. Who doesn't want to dance after this? Celebrates the joy in life!!
    Tapping my toes...

  13. What a fun selection and what a great survey of the world's dances. I was virtually breathless by the end.

  14. Many thanks for your kind comments.

    Greetings from London.



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