Wretched Person — Lougawou

LOUGAWOU
English/Haitian Creole
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Such a wretched Old Woman,
Weeping in the sunshine,
And singing dweto with the dark.
Lougawou chita sou pikan mizè slepp.
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Wild haired Lougawou
Grandmother of time,
Ou gen chante chante
Sekrè tan lontan ou an souvan.
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You are cooking
In rhythm cycles while
You beat ti tanbou plat ou, tou
Salting the soup avèk dlo nan je. .
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Bear … 04.09.2014
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WRETCHED PERSON
English
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Such a wretched Old Woman,
Weeping in the sunshine,
And singing duets with the dark.
Lougawou sits on thorns to misery sleep.
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Wild haired Wretch
Grandmother of time,
You have sung your
Ancient secrets repeatedly.
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You are cooking
In rhythm cycles while
You beat your flat drum, also
Salting the soup with tears.
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Bear — 04.09.2014
ⓒ Bearspawprint
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I first encountered the word lougawou, in the short story ODETTE by Patrick Sylvain in the book HAITI NOIR edited by Edwidge Danticat.

Bear … 04.09.2014

Fey Lougawou or Wonder of the Would Plant —  Kalanchoe pinnata

http://naikainbalance.blogspot.com/2012/07/haitian-treasure-fey-lougawou-miracle.html

Dance Slowly

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Will you dance slowly
In the Nwa Swamp Lannwit
Drifting in the water woods
While Loa whisper an kachèt
Chante dòmi chante dòmi
Where sleeping is a danger
And unaware one sinks forever
No shadow left alone to mourn
There is danger in renouvèlman
Springtime sweeping winds
Manman Latè does her
Prentan netwaye kay
There is no romans dous when
Slow dancing ak swirling opaque wind
Only malaise and listless
Rèv ak volonte passing
While working nan lajounen
Come dance slowly in
Dark Marekaj Night
Trees all know byennèt tan kap vini m ‘
Though ou pouvwa vle  sunlight
And someone else to find you
While Loa gently sing
Chante dòmi  chante dòmi
Chante dòmi  chante dòmi
I shall whisper my own words
I am here I am fanm pwòp tèt ou
Beyond the range of hearing
Only trees know me
Only Loa see me
Apzanteur danse naje vole
Dance slowly slowly in
Nwa Marekaj Lannwit
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Bear … 03.04.2014

ⓒ Bearspawprint
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