Dab de Bottom House ~ (Mahendra Ramkellawan)

Mahendra Ramkellawan

Listening to

Mahendra Ramkellawan’s popular song

“Dab de Bottom House”

I remember how on Saturdays

My mother used to rub the wooden floors

Of our little and simple house

With its slated rooftop

How the penetrating smell of floor oil

Shaped the ambiance in the weekends

Together with Negro spirituals

From the little radio

And milk bread on Sundays

When each day differed from the other

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