APPENDIX I: Proverbs
from Louise Bennett's
Jamaica Labrish and
Selected Poems
Z. Animal
Dog a sweat but long hair hide i.
But 'posen mawga dog don't dead? Crow haffe nyam green grass.
Every puppy got him flea.
Yuh play wid dawg dem lick yuh mout.
Yuh sleep wid dawg yuh ketch him flea.
When ashes cowl dawg sleep in deh.
When dawg marga him head big.
When kitchen dressa tumble dung, de mawga dog dem laugh.
Cock
cyaan beat cock eena cock own yard.
Cockroach no bizniz a fowl yard.
Noh mock mawga cow, him a bull muma.
Donkey tink him cub a racehorse.
Jackass say de worl' noh level.
All fish nyam man, dah shark one get de blame.
When horse dead cow fat.
John Crow tink him pickney white.
Ef yuh fly wid John crow, yuh wi haffe nyam dead meat.
Monkey should know weh him gwine put him tail before him order trousiz.
Fire wan deh a Musmus tail him tink sey dah cool air.
Puss laugh when pear-tree fall.
When puss hungry him nose clean.
ZZ. General
Back no know weh ole shut do fi i so tell ole shut tear off.
Bad luck wus an obeah.
Before me tumble down me hole macca.
Cook up yuh fat eena jesta pot, but no t'row weh yuh old bun-pan.
Coward man kip soun bone.
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