Janette Bryan

Janette Bryan was born in London, in 1967, to Jamaican parents. She is a Peer Mentor for MIND and offers peer support at The Lighthouse in Hove. Janette's unique poetry explores the language she grew up with-a mixture of patois and English- and tackles what it is like to be the youngest child of nine, to have an extremely religious mother, and to deal with both MS and mental health issues.

Ain’t Gonna

Ain’t gonna let them bring me downOr dictate to me I ain’t freeCoz my life’s in my own hands nowAnd I’m choosing who I shall beAin’t gonna suppress my words no moreTo keep them from being blamedCoz I was the one that hit the floorTo stop them from being framedSee I ain’t scared ofthose lost …

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Leggo Beas!

Yu cuda knock me don wida fedherDe way she a walk bout pon streetDat gyal a notin to look ponShe a dyamn blasted leggo beasElp, sombady cyal de policeA me man she a try tief– choopsLaud, he a cross de street toward herHe na see mi a hide don de streetMi a cyatch yu, yu …

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LaudMe God

Laud me God, a yu dat derSitting pon yu fada chairA yu de one he buy it faA yu bring it ina ere?Laud me God, yu pickney demGwan mek me blood run dryYuah run aroun like hooliganGo sit yu batty donLaud me God, tap making noiseYou want de neighbours hear?Tap ya crying, go bade yu …

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World OfJust Pretend

I wish I was a white girlWith long flowing blonde hairInstead ofthis thick mop I’ve gotSitting on top hereLet’s play at being white girls, SisHere’s a towel, here take itWe’ll put a hair band cross the topAnd swish it round our earsNo one will even noticeAnd we’ll be treated real fairWe’ll get lots ofbirthday invitesFrom …

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