I hopped on a plane to catch up with this American Dream
But it escaped me.
Bolted off. .
Not like a bull or a bear
But a large land turtle
Slipping away across the sand.
It was there, but I couldn’t grasp it.
Too bogged down by saltfish and curry
I needed something fast, from the drive-thru
To hold him by the leg.
‘cept he turned around and bit me.
One hard snap.
Not unlike a few I’ve had from my toothless granny for speaking out of turn.
But how this Dream so bitter?
Not sweet like soursop or ripe plantain.
It’s tangy, can tie up your mouth
Kill your nature like lime.
But I fear I’m addicted.
Goodbye coconut water, hello club soda
Goodbye sun, sea and sand…
Hello hot showers and clothes dryers and things that help you do more in less time.
So now you can play while you work.
But not Frisbee or catcher man
Bowling nuh, and golf
Tennis, and polo ponies
And that kind of stuff
Not your used-to-be-football-now-soccer, or cricket on the beach.
Hello American Dream
To dream this Dream you must wear dark glasses
And pretend you don’t come from nowhere, but speak good, Queen’s English
How you know so much, dress so good, speak so intelligent-like?
Who’s the dummy?
I’m not sure
The man who abandons leisure
For subway trips and long lines spent going nowhere.
Or the one who shucks technology
To go fishing, or pick mango down the street.
You tell me.
I’m too busy.
Chasing my American Dream.
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