From mi born, mi a climb tree
Mi first tree was a mango tree
Then mi try di coconut
But di climb was great.
The fruits of this palm tree
Mi mind have mi thinking
Da tree yah have bread, Wah can do
wine, oil, and milk, so much
a come from this yah one tree?
a little man seh, dem bore a hole
inna di heart and call it palmito
da liquor deh resembles white tart
mi eat a cane and a watch di tree
inna di evening, put a bamboo, to di tree
mi a climb as day break! Di climb look great.
husk green, thicker than two a mi finger’s
Under that husk is a hard shell
thicker than a walnut shell
thinking about what’s under that shell.
white marrowy substance, put mi finger in
drinking this fresh, with fish and bread
taste like almond, di natives make oil
we from West Africa, with a climb nature.
mi next climb was di ackee tree, a prominent food
di national fruit of mi Yaad Jamaica
they talk about di ackee and saltfish
mi needed this climb, a climb to remember!
mi standing under di tree, looking
Ackee pods, close, waiting for ripen
mom bring home saltfish, mi can’t wait
‘cleaned and washed’ mi mom said after pickings.
Ackee pods open, crocusbag ready
Girl to impress coming, start mi climb
Di climb a success, mi at di top
Girls impress, mi happy, time fi pickings
Start mi pickings, ackee get drop inna-
Crocusbag settings. bag a get full
Out on the limb, still picking
mi excited about this national dish.
everyone watching, I’m going to get her
she looks at me smiling, something moved
oh shit, limb broke, mi falling
can’t grab nothing, mi dropping, not good
di main road caught mi, knocked out.
I’m at a beautiful place, entrance await
di setting look nice, can’t wait to get in
doorman hand in me chest, no access
too early youth, come back when you old
what happen mi ask; di drop happen youth.