Posted in A to Z Blog Challenge 2018

A is for Adisa the Verbaliser #AtoZChallenge #ZtoA


Adisa the Verbaliser

Adisa was born with a silver tongue and a head full of rhymes. He exploded onto the spoken word scene in 1993. His mango flavoured metaphors and his larva-fuelled performances soon became legendary on the London performance poetry circuit. One year after taking his show on the road, Adisa landed first place in a National competition titled New Performance Poet of the Year. Benjamin Zephaniah, who was one of the judges said: “Adisa is the future. It’s so good to have something to look forward to.” Adisa’s really amazing website with contact info is here.


Here is one of his fabulous poems:


I am carnival


London is no longer naked

Picasso’s brush has kissed human skin

The world unites on one doorstep

Now the masquerade can begin


A million voices crescendo

All speaking the same tongue

The sound system speaker pays respect

To the godfarther the African drum


A sea of hands holds the heavens aloft

As if offering the creator a prayer

Baselines embrace slippery waistlines

The rhythm is so moving, even the statues shed a tear


Sound bites have no place in this parliament

The government has come to the streets

In this global democracy

The people vote with their feet


Some bring red, some bring yellow

Then fly their flags to salute the day

The young find wisdom in an elders face

The old remember the joys of play


And above the music

We hang our dreams on the shoulders of hope

Riding this runaway train

And harmonizing on the same note


Which sounds like


I am London

I am the world

I am Carnival


© Adisa the Verbaliser

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Award-Wining Children's Poet, Author, Wildlife and Climate enthusiast, NPD Ambassador, blogger and owner of Lola the retired alert dog and Paddy the alert dog in training. Books include CLiPPA shortlisted Being Me, Poems about Thoughts, Worries and Feelings, Editor of Shaping the World, Author of Be the Change, Apes to Zebras, The Same Inside, Reaching the Stars and Animal Magic. I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals via Zoom and give lessons on writing poetry for children. @Lizpoet

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