Like most people, with the end/start of each year, I make an effort to convey my appreciation to my beloveds. For the most part, I avoid a one-fits-all-solution. I tailor things to the individual—unless, of course, the person fundamentally believes e-wallet or a million-whatever-deposit is the only way to express my love and appreciation.
Below, is a poem that I wrote to one of my beloveds. Enjoy!1
Ba re tlou ke phoofolo ea ho se lebale,
Sentebale motloung e motle.
Ha letsatsi le chaba,
Ha le phirima,
Le teng ke re: Sentebale!
Ha litsukunyane tsa bophelo lifihla,
Ha khotso e phallaka se ka metsi a foro,
Ha mariha a fihla,
Le ha lehlabula le fihla,
Ka ho ts’oana,
Nna palesa ea lihlaba.
Nna palesa ea botle ba bo siila-tsatsi.
- Ordinarily, I would have considered a translation. However, the elegance and/or simplicity of this poem lies in the false binary tone that qualifies it as an end/start of the year type of a poem (yes I am inventing a genre here…hahaha).
On a serious note, I believe a translation could have rendered the false true. In translation, we could have lost the very essence of what lies at the heart of using binary opposition in Sesotho. Basically, we position things in binary for impact, while holding the understanding that things exist in continuum. #ExampleOfHyperboleInSesotho 😎 ↩