Conversation About Love With A Somali Poet

When discussing love with a Somali poet,
One must be able to reply sincerely,

Ma cuq baa ma cigashaa
Without her,
Man is struck with repeated disaster,

Ma cadceed arooryoo
Falaadhaha casuustaleh
Searching the sky for patterns,
Naming the stars after each letter of her name,

Calyayada barkaday baa
Alla sama cuddoonaa
Her footsteps a blessing,
Walking gently,
Making sure not to wake children,

Udugaa carfoonaa
Samsam caynka loo dhigay
Citibaaro badanaa
Calle ma aha liiti ah
She just is…

Beautiful, thoughtful, clever, and honorable,
Qualities of womanhood,
Qualities of motherhood,

Habac maaha ceebaleh
Qallef maaha camal ba’an
Coon maaha loo hoyan
Baali maaha caaryaleh
Cirir maaha toomama
Cawro maaha socod badan

Never weak nor foolish,
Never lazy nor slutty,
Never stubborn nor rowdy,

Color of her skin,
Women envy,
Eyes soft,
Brown skin,
Perfect nose,
Waistline curved like a spear,
How her calves flex,
How her neck rolls,

Carshigii jamaalkaan
U caleemo saaraye
Adna cadar Hadraawow

Not a child nor a woman,
Responsibility that of her own mother,

You must praise her,
Crown her with flowers,

Carshigaa nasahan baad,
Biyo wada cabteenoo,
Haddaan lay cadaabayn,
Rabbi ii cadhoonayn,
Dadku inuu ku caabudo,
Madowgiyo caddaankuba,
Ku caleemo saaraan,
Sow kuma canaanteen!

Natural beauty,
Compelling people to respect her,
Honor her,

While sitting with a Somali poet,
One must understand,
In order for chaos not ensue,

Treating mothers,
Treating daughters,
Treating sisters,
Treating aunties,
Treating grandmothers,

As they should be treated,
Has to occur…

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