You Ain't One of Us!

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You ain’t one of us!

You don’t speak our language; you don’t accept our rites,

You love going to school, you’re never in fights,

You’re a fanny, a minge, a shame to the blood,

You don’t act or do what a gypsy lad should.


You ain’t one of us!

You love the gorja; you call them your friends,

The bairns of bobbies, where does your loyalty lie in the end?

You want to leave the family, the camp, the clan,

A mind full of books is no good to a real gypsy man.


You ain’t one of us!

You live in a caravan, three to a bed,

You steal and you con, that’s what my mam said,

Your kin always start chew in the clubs,

The locals file out when you come in the pubs.


You ain’t one of us!

Your pa’s been to jail,

With a family like that you’re destined to fail,

They’ll pull ya from school; you’ll be out dealing scrap,

You gyppos all fall in the same sorry trap.

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Don Matthews

Thu 7th Mar 2019 12:18

Ah Charlie, I like someone prepared to break away from expected social norms as Dorothy says 'be proud of being a bit of a rebel and of who you are, it means that you are not ordinary'..

<Deleted User> (21487)

Thu 7th Mar 2019 11:54

I have read your comment - and re-read your poem and now i understand it so much better.

Think along different lines - be proud of being a bit of a rebel and of who you are, it means that you are not ordinary.

Be proud of both sides of your heritage - one side at least - is ancient, you are part of a culture that is world wide, be proud of that aspect.
Choose who you want to be, research your distant past and relate to that and not to present day iinterpretations which may not be authentic.
Good luck

p.s. keep writing you torment gives us more to think about.

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Thu 7th Mar 2019 10:53

Hi Hazel & Dorothy,
Thanks for your comments, much appreciated.
It's about my experiences not conforming to societal norms from my dual heritage, something I have struggled a lot with in the past & which I look back at with some anger now but I would agree there is a sadness to it, a sadness of the 'other' I suppose.

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Hazel ettridge

Wed 6th Mar 2019 18:23

There are so many 'us' these days and so many 'them'. We are all us to someone and them to someone else. Great poem.

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Wed 6th Mar 2019 17:04

I am not sure what to say
this poem reads aggressivly - defiantly even -but I think it is sad
am I alone in this?

It is about discrimination and hurt and is very hard hitting.

It gives a lot to think about.

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