sugar cane

from by nth digri

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Selected for the Best of the National Poetry Slam Anthology


sugar cane, sugar cane, sweet sugar cane
sugar cane cane sweet sugar cane

as a young boy, I chewed the sugar cane
suck pure sugar juice drip from the cane
down in central, they grow the sugar cane
down in caroni, cut the sugar cane
now, sugar cane sweet, stick between your teeth
cutlass a chop down stalk of sugar cane
sugar cane burn, and sugar cane slash
boil and burn in the burning cane trash

this pome wrote 400 years ago
in the sugar cane plantations of tobgao
in demerara, and barbados
down in jamaica, santo domingo
cut cane cripple man, work in the field
woman and child in the killing cane field
burn sugar, work slave, cut sugar cane
cut down lives full of sorrow and pain

sugar muscovado package on the shelf
there on the package is a man with no wealth
and no land, maracas in he hand
jus dance on the package on the planation
sway on the package mark 'plantation'
black girl, bright clothes, happy in the land
there in the picture, on the pack of the sugar
with the black man and woman on the plantation

there in the supermart, white in the pack
is sugar refined in this here land
lantic take cane that break back
make money, thief money. also redpath
on the backs of the blacks who was kidnapped
and die in the fields for the white sugar pack
stir in the coffee, stir in the eta
sugar cane blood money, sugar cane sweet

sugar cane, sugar cane, sweet sugar cane
sugar cane cane sweet sugar cane


from south is north, released August 7, 2013
composed an performed by the nth digri
produced by Nick Nnox




nth digri Ottawa, Ontario

nth digri is inspired by his Caribbean-Canadian heritage, hip hop culture, and the African griot tradition. His LP Tales of the North Coast was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award. His poem Sugar Cane was selected for the Best of the National Poetry Slam Anthology. He was the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word 2010 Male Poet of Honour. He has performed in Canada, the Caribbean, and the US. ... more

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