Jamaican Poetry: Sistah, Lif yuh head up

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe

Lif yuh head up
Pon yuh two foot, yuh fi tan up.
Nuh mek nuh baddy tun yuh ova
Nuh mek nuh man beat yuh shouldah.


Samburu young girl with red neckalce – Kenya by Eric Lafforgue

Girl lif yuh head high,
Achieve yuh goals, as far an as wide.
Aim to strive, to do yuh best,
Aim for gold an settle fi notin less.

Chile be di black queen,
Fulfil yuh life, yuh hopes an yuh dreams.
Attain the best with sweat an much tears,
Attain the best you’ve sought thru di years.

Girl you’re no more a child,
You’ve grown a woman,
For success you’ve strived.

Lady continue to be a queen,
Lead the way,
Fulfil all your dreams.


One thought on “Jamaican Poetry: Sistah, Lif yuh head up

  1. kekemichel says:

    Thank you for your post. This poem is so timely for me since I am just wrapping up earning my Master’s Degree! It points out the importance of not looking back, but look forward and embrace the me that I have spent so much time developing, and continue to develop. Also it points out how to truly embrace being a woman of stature, experience, wisdom, who has a purpose. I have worked hard to get here, and yet have more to achieve. Blessings


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