An Idiom of the Americas

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)



El que no tiene Dinga,
tiene Mandiga.

All carry in their veins.
Native American.
And blood of Africa.

O mejor dicho.
El que no es Dinga,
es de Mandinga.

Or better yet expressed.
Native Americans.
Carry African blood.

About this poem

The horror of the “Middle Passage” Mid Atlantic Slave Trade, which continued for four hundred years, impacted all of the Americas, North, Central and South, including the Caribbean Basin, destroying life and property, and leaving in its wake, a legacy of cultural idioms and sayings, one of which has left an indelible linguistic imprint on the hearts and minds of all those who embrace their multicultural legacy over its stain of slavery, with the expression that composes this bilingual poem, and which can be heard in Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Peru, and throughout the Americas.  

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Written on February 04, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on February 04, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AA XXA XAA XXX
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 219
Words 51
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 2, 3, 3, 3

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 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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