‘Dem Shout Ba y Bwoy!’ is a poem containing Jamaican Patois. It is an extract from my forthcoming novel, The Black Flamingo, a coming-of-age story, told in verse about the journey to self-acceptance.
Dem Shout Ba y Bwoy!
I’m on my own street in North West London. I’m afraid but I look towards dem for a second.
Four laughing youts. Two asian boys, one black boy and one white girl around my sister’s age.
I don’t recognise dem but I recognise dis patois so carelessly/violently fl ung in a’ my direction.
Ba y bwoy! Meaning less-than-man who is penetrated by or penetrates another less-than-man.
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