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[News] Benjamin Zephaniah RIP



nicko31

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Jan 7, 2010
17,347
Gods country fortnightly
Bloody hell, thats tragic

RIP
 


Herr Tubthumper

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Jul 11, 2003
58,816
The Fatherland
I’m shocked by this. What sad news. A genuine good egg and talent. RIP
 


Hamilton

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Jul 7, 2003
12,232
Brighton
You have to look beyond the face
to see the person true,
Deep down within my inner space
I am the same as you;
I've counted since that fire burnt
the many lessons I have learnt.
You have to talk to me and not
the skin that holds me in,
I took the wisdom that I got
to make sure I would win;
I'm counting weaker folk than me
who look but truly cannot see.
I've seen compassion from the blind
who think with open eyes,
It's those that judge me quick you'll find
are those that are unwise;
why judge the face that I have on
just value my opinion
Friends will come and friends will go,
now I need friends who feel.
My friends have changed so much and so,
I make sure they are real;
I took the ride and paid the price,
I can't afford to do that twice.
I came to here from ignorance
I cannot call it bliss,
and now I know the importance
of loving me like this;
To leave behind that backward state
of judging looks is very great.
I'm beautiful,
I'm beautiful
this minor fact I know,
I tell you It's incredible
near death has made me grow;
Look at me, smile, you are now seeing
a great thing called a human being.
 

Austrian Gull

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Feb 5, 2009
2,454
Linz, Austria
He came to talk to the pupils at a school I worked at in England - he was a nice, friendly guy.
 


vegster

Sanity Clause
May 5, 2008
27,835
He was an amazing man, he came through so much adversity in his life yet was not broken by it. Saw him at the Connaught in Worthing a few years back, reading his poetry and just talking ...... I really did not think he would be popular in blue rinse Tory Worthing but, there was a great turn out and at the end he was cheered off. I'm feeling genuinely sad that we've lost one of the Good Guys... RIP Benjamin.
 

Publius Ovidius

Well-known member
Jul 5, 2003
45,842
at home
Wow that has hit me hard. I was a great fan of him and his poetry and always thought what a genuine person who was.

8 weeks from being told he had a brain tumour until he died. That is truly shocking

65 is no age!
 


Herr Tubthumper

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Jul 11, 2003
58,816
The Fatherland
I’ve never heard of him until now but if @Herr Tubthumper says they were a good talent then may he rest in peace
Thank you. We can discuss the merits of his poetry etc but to leave school the age of 13 unable to read and write and become a successful poet and author (he was a commercially successful children’s author as well as a poet) is quite amazing.

Something else I always like about his work is that he gets serious messages across with wit and without any bitterness
 

essbee1

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Jun 25, 2014
4,018
Thank you. We can discuss the merits of his poetry etc but to leave school the age of 13 unable to read and write and become a successful poet and author (he was a commercially successful children’s author as well as a poet) is quite amazing.

Something else I always like about his work is that he gets serious messages across with wit.
He was one of the best communicators I've ever heard.
 


Hamilton

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Jul 7, 2003
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Brighton
About twenty five years ago I attended a conference about future tech and how it was going to change the world and make our lives amazing.

BZ was there as the sort of cultural antidote.

The conference was in the North East of England.

I remember towards the end of the day BZ took to the stage to deliver a poem and before he did so he just said to all these tech hipster types.

"You guys are talking about how tech is going to do this and that and yet down the road there's a family that can't afford a joint of meat."

It was a priceless reminder.

And still there's families that can't afford a joint of meat.
 

Hamilton

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Jul 7, 2003
12,232
Brighton
I’ve never heard of him until now but if @Herr Tubthumper says they were a good talent then may he rest in peace
This help?

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