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Sweet Dutch Chocolate

Posted by tpegonline on December 7, 2012

This poem is for the ladies from the Suriname.

This is the twelfth and final installment of my Caribbean Queens Series.

This poem is a series of 18 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. I call this style that I created a haiku chain poem. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form.

All of my poems have the title of the poem in the last line of the poem. Also, song titles have been hyperlinked to their respective audio files on GrooveShark.com.


“Sweet Dutch Chocolate”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

is the capital city
and your place of birth.

Its in Suriname.
In South America next
to the deep blue sea.

The Caribbean
Sea. A diverse cultural
mix of many things.

Africans were brought
to Suriname to work
as slave laborers.

When they revolted
and escaped, Indians were
brought over to work

As an indentured
servant class. Indonesians
also came to work.

Your family is
mixed with a bit of this and
that. Creole folk.

You feed me buttered
bread for breakfast, Dhal Puri
for lunch and dinner

Was Kip Kerrie — the
Surinamese version of
curry chicken

And rice. Ginger beer
washed down that hearty, tasty
meal. I enjoyed it.

Your language intrigues
me. Sometimes you speak Dutch and
at times its Sranan.

Sranan Tongo is
the lingua franca of the
nation. Most speak it.

You’re such a special,
unique woman. Kaseko tunes
make you sway about.

I asked you who sang
the song. You said it was a
band called Fra Fra Sound.

This particular
song was called Kotomisi.
Very different style.

Dixieland Jazz, Rock
& Roll and Calypso have
influenced this style.

Peaches & Cream or
Sugar & Spice? Maybe a
Sweet Potato Pie?

All of those things
and more. Sweet like Candy – like
Sweet Dutch Chocolate.


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