ONE for ONE (A Yoruba Poem)


Gbogbo ojo aye    (evry day)
Ti m ba ti ji saye    (dat I wake safely)
Ti m ba ti ranti     ( and I remember)
Eni bi eni              (one for one)

Eji bi eji           (two for two)
Eta n tagba          (three for three)
To ni ka maa tarawa lore      (dat says we shuld be givin to one anotha)
A mu mi toree mi kan,           (makes me giv my friend)
Ara ile, atara adugbo mi        (and my neighbours)
Lore nnkan kan                     ( any kind of gift)
To fi dori eni tinu n kan;        (includin one wit belly-ache)
Eni to n wowo                        (one in need of money)
Owo to towo                        (I mean enough money)
To fe sowo                          (dat wants to invest)
Tabi sohun gbogbo rere to ye ko se       (or to fulfil evry gud he wants to fulfil)
Ni ma yaa se loore             (I’ll quikly giv a hand to)
Ntori pe ki ni?                    (why?)
Oreyimika                          (Oreyimika)
Tee ri ti n toro ka              (dat u see begging alms)
Ti n taraka                          (dat’s suffering)
Ti n fojoojumo toro ounje kiri           ( beggin meals evry day)
O ti lowo ri                        (was once rich)
Kole ri, rale ri                     (built house, bought land)
Tio fi mebi, mara                (but remembered nt his family)
Mara adugbo kan kan          (nor any of his neighbours)
To fi dori eni tinu n kan         (including one wit belly-ache)
Aseyinwa aseyinbo                (at the long run)
Gbogbo owo,                          (all the money)
Gbogbo ola,                           (all the majesty)
Gbogbo ola,                            (all the success)
T’Oreyimika fi yira ka           (that Oreyimika rounded himsef with)
So fun un po digboose             (suddnly bade him gudbye)
Mo ni, ki lo ye ka mu waye?        (so wat did we bring to dis world?)
Ki lo ye ka mu lo?                         (what will we take bak?)
Bi ko se ka maa ranti                    (if nt to keep rememberin)
Eni bi eni                               (one for one)
Eji bi eji                                 (two for two)
Eta n tagba                            (three for three)
To ni ka maa tarawa lore              (dat says we shuld be givin to one another) 

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