—for Ryllis of St. Kitts
Cum. E be clear fishin’ an day bright,
sun up strong breath an fresh light.
Me friend, paw paw an water nut for you.
Morn come a crowin’. Milky milky. Love vine. Bamboo.
E’ryting ripe breadfruit green, sugar cane tie togeder,
lime, palm leaf, a shadow of heather.
Silence de ocean an large birds of prey,
one by one de lamps tickle out across de bay.
E be time, me luv, time to waken,
time to prayin’, time to tellin’, time for bakin’.
Cum. E be clear start an day clear bright,
early o’clock strong breath an fresh light.