Bajou (Dawn) Poem by Edwidge Danticat

Bajou poko kase

Nou vle sispann kriye

Antèman fin chante

Nou pa kapab kanpe

Vini vini fanmi m yo

Ann pran dèy

 

Ann al nan mòn yo

Anba syèl zansèt yo

Dèye tout zanmi yo

Ke nou pa wè ankò

Nou mande kote zanj yo

Paske nou pa wè moun yo

Vini vini fanmi yan

Ann pran dèy

 

Na wè yo

Na kenbe yo

Ya gade nou

Na konsole yo

Na chante pou yo

Na tande yo

Ya tande nou touVini vini fanmi m yo

Ann pran dèy

Lonbrit nou mare ansanm

Tankou de pye zanman

Vini vini fanmi yan

Ann pran dèy

 

Chak fwa nou wè solèy la

Chak fwa nou wè  yon flè

Se yon mò ki leve

yon rèv ki vi n rèl

Vini vini timoun

Ann pran dèy


Bajou poko kase

Nou vle sispann kriye

Antèman fin chante

Nou pa kapab kanpe

Vini vini fanmi m yo

Ann pran dèy

Vini vini fanmi m yo

Ann pran dèy

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Dawn

 

Dawn has not yet come

We want to story crying

The funeral masses have been sung

We can not longer weep

Come on family

Let us mourn

 

Let’s go to the hills

Under our ancestor’s skies

And find all the friends

We see no more

We ask where the angels are

Because we don’t know where the people are

Come on family

Let us mourn

 

Let’s see them

And cradle them

And sing and comfort them

Our umbilical cords are tied together

Like two almond trees

Come on family

Let us mourn

 

Each time we see the sun

Each time we see a flower

The dead  has come to life

A dream has come to be

Come on family

Let us mourn

 

Dawn has not yet come

We want to stop crying

The funeral masses have been sung

We can not longer weep

Come on family

Let us mourn

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