Black Poetry : The Pickaninny Queen

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  1. Fieldpea

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    This poem really describes 'me' at about 3 years old. I remember all of the stuff I write about in this poem. Though not all of the situations described happened on the same day, these were the types of things I sort of threw myself into as a 3 year old, *body and soul*--purely in the name of PLAY! It is even how I thought and spoke as a 3 year old. Because of the poetic voice I decided to use in writing The Pickaninny Queen—me, a Negro child growing up in Phx., Az.--it automatically becomes an exercise in reading and sounding out African American Vernacular English (AAVE). If you get stuck in reading a part of it, then read it again slowly and don’t be afraid to sound it out.


    Pronunciation Key:

    The letters / AI /? Pronounced the same as in the word, /Saigon/.
    Where partial word spellings are in all caps? That’s where you apply the harder accent /’/ for that particular word. For example, /Pickaninnees/ is spelled out as /PICKaninnees/ as the accent is being placed on the first syllable, oKAY? Okay.


    Duh poam...HEER-ih chizz. It `heps` if yu REEdit out loud. `Bah-BAI` *waving*:



    ***The Pickaninny Queen ***


    KWEEN uh duh PICK-aninnees!!!
    Mah werl! Gimme dat!
    Ah FOW-nit furss!!!
    Noe moe’n 3…
    Run duh HOWiss…
    Awl-bowt me...yuh see…
    Ah’m duh BAY-bee’…

    Ah woanah goe outdoze!
    Sneek out dere wit noe shuze own…
    Doan like em…
    Dey bee TARE-en nup way tu quick…
    Git mah *** toe up fuh dat…
    Fine me sumpten’a doo...
    Make me sum mudpize...
    Bake em dry in deh hot sunlite…
    Own deh sai duh-duh HOWiss…

    Nee me uh bole…foun me uh corn can.
    Nee me uh poon…foun me uh good tick.
    Where mah panz?...Fine mah panz...
    (Pickle jar tops)...offuh duh groun…
    Siff dat gravvil out frum duh dert “flau-wah” wid
    Uh piece uh toe wup winduh creen.
    Dert soe soff….soff….daht duh weddit, now…
    Git me sumpten’a tote watta in…
    Sangin ‘He’z daht duh HOLE WERL…’

    Tinkin bout SUN-nay…
    (Ah doan LIKE SUN-nay kule…)
    Not EVvee SUN-nay, SUN-nay, SUN-nay!!!
    Juss EASTuh Day…
    Cannie an cullid eggz an BASkits!!!
    MahNUE shuze an sum socks wit deh LAY
    Soan em…

    Buh EVvee SUN-nay, SUN-nay, SUN-nay!!!
    Daht tah alwaze be sit`n still…
    Dey bee maken me sit quiet...
    Buh Ah like tuh sang ‘mah’ songz…
    An Ah bee LERN-en em `fass`…
    Yess, Ah CAN!!! Deys Ezee tuh lern.

    Like mah hair, doe. EVvee SUN-nay.
    In frunnah duh cherch laydeez.
    Hate duh hot coam, doe.
    Git tole Ah `look like uh lil dawl`…
    Dass whut Miz Cunnieham say...an dass OK…
    Curl dup an hangin down mah back…

    ‘Sheez soe purr-idDEE an liddle
    An juss look at dat hair…’
    Dey besayen at duh cherch…smilen at me…
    Touchen mah hair…liffen id dup…
    ‘Of course’…Ah feel dat in mah seff…happee…

    Buh daht tah keep dem frum messen mah hair rup
    Foe cherch fennisht, doe…
    Or ah’ll git BLANGED foe dat an
    Git mah *** toe up…

    ‘Skuze meee…` Ah beeSAYEN, `Mah mahmuh
    Woan me back’...Ah be tellen um dat…
    Daht tah say “Skuze meee”
    If Ah woenah gid uhWAY frum dem…
    Or Ah’ll might git mah *** whupt wen Ah git
    Back hoam…
    Foe ACkin like Ah ain gah noe mannuhs.

    An Ah doan like cherch, needuh…
    Tu hot! Woan leh me git me uh fan foe `me`.
    So Ah bee fwetten. Fwetten uh lot!

    Mah bangs drip fwet…

    Duh pree-chuh
    iz Lil’ Donnie daddee…
    Donnie daddee iz UGlee
    an he bee YELLIN
    In dere…
    An wen deh groan fokes goe duh sangin
    Dey ‘big’ songs in cherch…
    Ah’ll might git mah *** toe wup foe shaken

    Mah boodie or mayen like mah lil Bible
    Izzuh tambaREEN...
    Aftuh Ah git hoam. Wun UVvem might will
    Tellit own me…

    Mah reel good playen day be gitten waystuh
    way EVvee SUN-nay…
    Cuzza cherch.

    Fennish playen mudpize…need sumpten nelse…
    Fun’z dun goan… mudpize dun dried out…deys UGlee now…
    Chunk dem tangs uhWAY…

    Tart searchen roun…Ah need sumpten…
    Picken nup tuff offuh deh groun…
    Tinkin… tryin nah see
    if sumpten nelse
    look ‘fun’…

    Dat uh `tie-yuh` up yonduh…?
    Iss TU UVvum!!!
    Raht obah dere! In deh emptee lot
    Own deh coe-nah…run an git em!
    TIE-yuh Raysiz!
    Where Bobbie at?...Where Dean an Champ…
    Where dey at? Ah’m goan goe gid
    awl dem…cuz Ah needem…
    Dey needtuh be wid me NOW!!!
    Doan woena play noe moe BAHmah seff…

    Dean an Champ woena play! Buh
    Ah daht tah wait…

    Betta keep wit mah tie-yuz so’z nobody
    Yelse Git em…
    Ahma keep boaf-UVvum, tu…
    An juss race wid diss wun…
    An mah tie-yuh duh BESS!!!
    Tick rubba…See? Ah kin tan diss
    Tie-yuh up… Yesss!!!
    It tanz zup own iss own…
    Ah gots me duh GOODISS tie-yuh!…
    An iss MINES!!!
    Ah’m goan WEN widdit…

    Dean an Champ, dey still in duh HOWiss…
    Dey daht tuh fennish STRATEnen nup
    Foe dey kin goe play outdoze…an
    Dass whycome `Ah` muss alwaze bee
    ‘Duh ownlee wun`...
    Gitten tu bee `furss` tu goe outdoze.

    Ah kin goe git Bobbie, doe…
    Yeaa!! She daht huh uh
    Tie-yuh HUHseff!…
    Layen obah yonduh in huh yahd...
    Ah doan daht tah share mines…

    Lissnen tu Bobbie mahmuh, Miss Irene,
    Sayen ‘sumpten’ duh me an Bobbie,
    Foe me an huh goe play…
    (Ow-wuNOE whut she sayen, doe)...
    Juss betta say, `Yez, MAYem` wen she fennish...
    Or git tole own an face “deh switch”…
    Foe tryin nah bee “Miss Fass ***”.

    Gitten hotta outdoze…buh dass whut Ah woan…
    Uh lot moe fun…groan fokes stay indoze, goin “Whew!
    Iss burnen nup out dere” an “Crack dat dam doe
    Wen you goe back outdoze!”
    Say dat alluh duh time…
    Fwamp cooluhz runnen EVveewhere…

    “Kween Foe Uh Day” on duh TV…Ah
    Peep tru deh doe…
    Yes…dass me…Ah’m juss smilen an waven
    Wennen mah `frijaRAYduh…`

    Not alottuh carz own duh treet...
    An uh hole lot moe uv us

    iz outdoze, now. We git EVveebody!!!
    Menny az we kin git…an we tart
    At deh coe-nuh uh Trennyfort Treet an Margareet…
    Juss awfuh BRAW-way Road.
    EVveebody know awl reddie Ah git tuh bee furss…
    Or Dean an Champ goan bead em mup…

    Dean juss tole me ah daht tah share…

    Me’n Bobbie gits set…wun own wun sai wawk
    Deh udden own deh udda wun.
    Furss tuh git tu Miztuh White mailbox wens!
    “Own yoe mark…Git Set…GOOOO!!!
    EVveebody tartz creamin!!!

    Ah’m goan…
    “Pip…pip…pip…pip…
    Rollin mah tie-yuh fasser…Fasser…FASSER!!!
    Slap-pushin an mah tie-yuh rollin fass, tu…
    Runnin mah fassess…squintin…tinkin...
    Keep mah tie-yuh rollin trate…trate…
    Ah DAHT-tah...DAHT-tah wen...
    DAHT-tah keep it outtuh duh treet…
    Or git tole own an git mah *** toe wup…

    `Awl same duh same` foe EVveebody...
    Keep yoe *** outta duh treet!
    Or git yoe black *** toe wup!!!

    Ah goe so fass!!!…Racen!!! Fun!!! Happee!!!
    Fwet juss rollin own mah face…burnen
    in mah eyes…ticklen warm down mah legs…
    Ah doan care…Fun!!! WEN!!!

    Git tu deh HOWiss raht uhWAY.
    Ah daht tah pee. Bee QUIET!!!
    NO!!!...Doan frush it...Run!
    Harrie back outdoze…

    Git me uh trink kuh watta, tu…
    Mouf fassend tudeh watta hydran…
    No time tuh put own duh watta hoze…
    AINgoan messsup an miss mah nex tern…
    Ah kin heer duh watta ‘glunken’ wen Ah swalla…

    Harrie!!!…Foe Muh heer me runnen deh watta
    An make me git in duh HOWiss an
    Make me take me uh NAP
    "Cuz iss tu hot" or whup me
    Foe maken anuddah muddee mess…
    Or sumpten…

    Watta kule…sweet…
    Mah TERN iz comin nup!
    “Nuh-Uhhhh!!!

    Iss MAH TERN," Ah cream!
    Race back…harrie!!!
    Run…run…RUN!!!

    We awl iz tired…alottuh fwettin…BREEBin hard…
    Laffen…feets burnen frum hot sai wawk…
    An frum runnen own duh soff tar...
    Dat duh heet bee ternin
    Deh treet intu...
    EVvee day.

    Sum daht tah goe hoam…
    Dass dey mahmuzz yellin frum
    Mup deh treet dere…`Brang me yoe
    *** heer!` an `Git yoe BAD ***
    tu diss HOWiss, NOW!`…

    Dats foe summa mah frens dat
    Bee goin reel sloe...
    Mayen like dey caint heer...
    NunUVem wonten`a goe home, needuh...


    "Nuh-uhhh! Iss NOT tu hottah play"…
    Dey goan giddit, tu...

    Sum dun goan in dey HOWiss, now...
    An iss reely hot!...an bright EVveewhere!
    An duh ress uv us still aint fennisht playen yet.

    “Yaw woenuh play sum “Keek Bawl?”
    “Ax you mahmuh kin we
    play wit deh watta hoze”...an
    "Less play sum 'Red Light-Green Light'...
    Ah doan care...Ah'm awl reddie reddie...

    Ah'm FURSS!!!



    ** The Pickaninny Queen ** (C) 2002
    Revised 11/02/02 and 10/28 - 30/03
    Revised 09/29/12


    One Love, and PEACE, yaw
     
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    long but amazing enjoyed the poetic view
     
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    ... WoW! Very impressive Fieldpea... now, I fully understand your screen name selection (Fieldpea), lol... You go Girl, for real.



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