Analysis of A Jamaican Greeting!

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)

Kuya, awah gwaan?
A warm Jamaican greeting.
Lyrically voiced.

Scheme ABC
Poetic Form Tercet 
Metre 111 0101010 1001
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 61
Words 11
Sentences 3
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 3
Lines Amount 3
Letters per line (avg) 16
Words per line (avg) 3
Letters per stanza (avg) 49
Words per stanza (avg) 9

About this poem

There is nothing like speaking with the intimacy and warmth of one’s native language and, even more so, seeing it as literature, expressed loquaciously in writing. The colloquial expression of greeting in Jamaican Creole (Jamaican Patwa to some), “Kuya, awah gwaan,” translated roughly in English as, “Hi, howdy do,” can be heard everywhere in the island of Jamaica and overseas as well, in countries where Jamaicans reside, gather and bond in genuine friendship, reminding one of the Hebrew verse of Psalm 133, verse 1: “Hineh, mah tov hu mah na’im shevet akhim gam yakhad. ” (“Wow, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to gather in unity”). This haiku poem is written to uplift the Jamaican brethren everywhere, and their comrades of all languages and all nationalities. Shalom! Peace and Love! ❤️ 

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Written on December 15, 2021

Submitted by karlcfolkes on December 15, 2021

Modified by karlcfolkes on October 08, 2022

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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