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Said Suleiman Ali

Featured Poem:

Dawa ya Moto (The Remedy for Fire)

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1.Dawa ya moto ni maji, nakataa sio moto
Nawapinga wasemaji, wenye maneno mazito
Nasema hivyo haiji, dawa ya moto si moto
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

2.Usemi naukataa, “dawa ya moto ni moto”
Wehenga watuhadaa, watupoteza watoto
Twapotea tungakaa, pamoto kutia joto
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

3.Nasema nikikariri, kwa lugha yenye mvuto
Moto ukikuathiri, magodoro hata mto (pillow)
Nenda maji kaabiri, umimine kwa Maputo
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

4.Naona hayelekei, kuongezea vukuto
Paunguza husogei, ila viatu vizito
Kuzima haitokei, kijaza makaa moto
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

5.Nafananisha mfano, na nyumba kingia moto
Humwagiwa mengi mno, maji ya ziwa na mto (river)
Dawa yake ni jaino, yafumbuwe yenu mato
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

6.Nahisi hivyo ni sawa, nisemayo kwa mnato
Na hiyo ni yake dawa, kwa kupigana na moto
Kamwe hakitounguwa, kitu ambacho kitoto
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

7.Tama mbele kwendeleza, huo ni wangu mpito
Si oni wala si uza, sijadili neno zito
Ela cheche hutosaza, kutia maji mwa moto
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

Translation:
1.The remedy for fire is water, I refuse that it is fire
I oppose those that say it, with words so heavy
I say that it does not apply, the remedy for fire is not fire
It is not fire, I refuse, the remedy for fire is water.

2.I refuse the saying, “fight fire with fire”
The sages have disappointed, they have lost us as children
We will be lost and will fall, for by fire there is heat
It is not fire, I refuse, the remedy for fire is water.

3.I say this as I memorise it, in a language that is alluring
When fire affects and overcomes you, on your mattress and pillow
Go to the water and swim, pour it by the balloon fulls
It is not fire, I refuse, the remedy for fire is water.

4.I see that it does not follow, to add intensity
Where it burns you do not go near, although shoes are heavy
Putting it out won’t happen, if you add coal to a fire
It is not fire, I refuse the remedy for fire is water.

5.I simile when saying, that when a house catches fire
Almost too much water is poured on it, water from lakes and rivers
The remedy is [JAINO], open your eyes
It is not fire, I refuse, the remedy for fire is water.

6.I believe that that is right, what I say sticks
And that that is its remedy, when it comes to fighting fire
For it will never burn, something that is green and fresh
It is not fire, I refuse, the remedy for fire is water.

7.There is nothing to move forward with, that is beyond my limit
I do not see nor persuade, to be discussing a heavy word
However a spark won’t stop it, to put water to fire
It is not fire, I refuse, the remedy for fire is water.

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Biography

Said Suleiman Ali is phenomenal poet based in Zanzibar, he is the founder and director of the prominent CHAKUWAZA (CHAMA CHA KUENDELEZA WASHAIRI ZANZIBAR) a Swahili poetry organization.

Said Suleiman Ali

Biography

Said Suleiman Ali is phenomenal poet based in Zanzibar, he is the founder and director of the prominent CHAKUWAZA (CHAMA CHA KUENDELEZA WASHAIRI ZANZIBAR) a Swahili poetry organization.

Featured Poem:

Dawa ya Moto (The Remedy for Fire)

Enlarge poem

1.Dawa ya moto ni maji, nakataa sio moto
Nawapinga wasemaji, wenye maneno mazito
Nasema hivyo haiji, dawa ya moto si moto
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

2.Usemi naukataa, “dawa ya moto ni moto”
Wehenga watuhadaa, watupoteza watoto
Twapotea tungakaa, pamoto kutia joto
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

3.Nasema nikikariri, kwa lugha yenye mvuto
Moto ukikuathiri, magodoro hata mto (pillow)
Nenda maji kaabiri, umimine kwa Maputo
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

4.Naona hayelekei, kuongezea vukuto
Paunguza husogei, ila viatu vizito
Kuzima haitokei, kijaza makaa moto
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

5.Nafananisha mfano, na nyumba kingia moto
Humwagiwa mengi mno, maji ya ziwa na mto (river)
Dawa yake ni jaino, yafumbuwe yenu mato
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

6.Nahisi hivyo ni sawa, nisemayo kwa mnato
Na hiyo ni yake dawa, kwa kupigana na moto
Kamwe hakitounguwa, kitu ambacho kitoto
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

7.Tama mbele kwendeleza, huo ni wangu mpito
Si oni wala si uza, sijadili neno zito
Ela cheche hutosaza, kutia maji mwa moto
Sio moto nakataa, dawa ya moto ni maji.

Translation:
1.The remedy for fire is water, I refuse that it is fire
I oppose those that say it, with words so heavy
I say that it does not apply, the remedy for fire is not fire
It is not fire, I refuse, the remedy for fire is water.

2.I refuse the saying, “fight fire with fire”
The sages have disappointed, they have lost us as children
We will be lost and will fall, for by fire there is heat
It is not fire, I refuse, the remedy for fire is water.

3.I say this as I memorise it, in a language that is alluring
When fire affects and overcomes you, on your mattress and pillow
Go to the water and swim, pour it by the balloon fulls
It is not fire, I refuse, the remedy for fire is water.

4.I see that it does not follow, to add intensity
Where it burns you do not go near, although shoes are heavy
Putting it out won’t happen, if you add coal to a fire
It is not fire, I refuse the remedy for fire is water.

5.I simile when saying, that when a house catches fire
Almost too much water is poured on it, water from lakes and rivers
The remedy is [JAINO], open your eyes
It is not fire, I refuse, the remedy for fire is water.

6.I believe that that is right, what I say sticks
And that that is its remedy, when it comes to fighting fire
For it will never burn, something that is green and fresh
It is not fire, I refuse, the remedy for fire is water.

7.There is nothing to move forward with, that is beyond my limit
I do not see nor persuade, to be discussing a heavy word
However a spark won’t stop it, to put water to fire
It is not fire, I refuse, the remedy for fire is water.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (0)
  • Pride (2)
  • Optimism (0)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (1)
  • Reflection (0)
  • Captivation (0)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (0)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (0)
  • Sadness (0)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (0)

Comments

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