Miss Lou Poems are creative, comedic and cultural. They have always been the highlight of Jamaica's Folk industry.
When it comes to dialect and taking the Jamaican Patois to the world, Miss Louise Bennett Coverley was perfect for that.
Here are just a few of Miss Lou's poems that you can familiarize yourself with.
Noh Lickle Twang
This poem bemoans the fact that a recent repatriate Jamaican has returned from the United States without a trace of having been--not even a little "twang"! This, to say the least, is a highly unusual occurrence and all the more unforgivable.
That along with the poem - Dry-Foot Bwoy are two of the more popular Miss Lou Poems and are crowd favourites. I have the words below as well as an audio of her presenting them both. Enjoy!!
Louise Bennett - Noh Lickle Twang
Me glad fe se's you come back bwoy,
Dry-Foot Bwoy by Miss Lou
Wha wrong wid Mary dry-foot bwoy?
I know a lot of you will not be able to read the words to those two Miss Lou Poems so just listen to them via this audio.
Another one of Miss Lou Poems is a crowd favourite. It's called Cuss Cuss
Not to be confused with Kas-Kas, this poem re-stages a tracing match (i.e. a quarrel) between two Jamaican women. Common cuss-words like "boogooyagga" (low-grade) "heng-pon-nail " (bedraggled) are here liberally used. Opponents are sometimes subjected to the most unexpected similes as " Yuh lip dem heng dung lacka wen Mule kean meck up him mine".
Gwan gal yuh fava teggereg,
Fe yuh foot fava capital K,
Here is an audio of another one of Miss Lou Poems. This is one of MY favourites. She explained "Fi Wi Language" best: Take a listen!
So the next time you hear any of Miss Lou Poems you will be a bit more familiar with her style of writing and presentation and you will be able to follow along.