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4/25/2011

Selection from Inna Mi Heart

A You Mi Want Fi Deh Wid is from Joan Andrea Hutchinson's latest book and CD, Inna Mi Heart. Inna Mi Heart is a collection of Jamaican love poems, written by Joan in the Jamaican dialect, which is very colorful and expressive.

A You Mi Want Fi Deh Wid 

·      Even if you put on fifty poun
Even if you sick and mawga down
Even if you bleach di black fi fayva brown
A you mi want fi ‘deh wid’

Even if you foot shape like afoo yam
And you hand look like song of di banana man
Even if you claim rasta but quietly lick di ham
A you mi want fi ‘deh wid’

So even though you a behave like a clown
And your name a call all over town
A you mi want fi be around
A just you mi want fi ‘deh wid’

Copyright Joan Andrea Hutchinson. Reprinted with author's permission.

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