And Ann cries O the times were fain So wherefore should you burn down there There is a deed under the sun my Love And that was ours Whats done is done

Jean 'Binta' Breeze's 'Testament' shows a black woman (the speaker of the poem) who has worked all her life in bad conditions in London bringing up her family, looking after her husband who works on the trains. Now her daughter is growing up, perhaps a little bit ashamed of her parents—the father who smells of train oil, the mother who speaks Creole (the language of the poem). The daughter has a high school education and her own set of friends, but is losing her connection with the family and its Caribbean experiences before emigration. The mother is proud of her past, proud of her daughter, but senses that their two worlds are growing to be incompatible. The mother-speaker refers to small important things like the weather, 'an de cole does bad tings/to mi knee'. She also talks about where she belongs:

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