Saturday, 27 January 2018

Tagalakoy - Adamou Idé

She comes from far away
She walks barefoot
She braves the heat
She comes from far away
She braves hunger

Tagalakoy! Tagalakoy!
Your shoulders bruised
Every day a little more
Bending towards the sand
This fine sand that you sell
To cool our huts

Tagalakoy! Tagalakoy!
You come from far away
Tell these perfumed women
Tell them
Tell these harpies
That with this wooden pole
That bites into your shoulders
Tell them that you struggle for them!

Adamou Idé (born 1951) Niger
Translated by Irene Waggener
Source: Scottish Poetry Library

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