Lady Winter’s Rap

I’m Lady Winter and this is my rap
You’ll recognise me by my ice-cap –

By my smoky breath
And my frosty nails
By the nip of my kiss
and my arctic air
you’ll realise this gal’s got flair –

Cause I’m a cold-hot Mama
When I come into town –
I cloud the trees
I blank the lawn
My days are short
My nights are long
And when I sing, I silence you
With the weight of my song –

By the trail of my cape
And my flakes in your talk
By the bling of my hail
And my slip in your walk
Am telling y’all
Stick to non-slip before ya fall –

Yes, better get out your warmers
No, don’t give me verbals
Just reach for your thermals
When I draw near –

I’m Lady Winter and this is my rap
You’ll recognise me when my temperature snaps.

Copyright: from Cosmic Disco (Frances Lincoln Books, 2013), © Grace Nichols 2013, used by permission of the author

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Grace’s poems are full of the sounds and stories of Guyana, the Caribbean country where she was born and grew up, often drawing on its ...

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