Dousè Lakay/The Sweetness of Home

7 04 2011

Lè m’ panse ak Jeremi

Senbòl paradi

Kote lavi ap fleri

Tout kalite bon fwi

Bon jèn jan, nèg frè

Kap bwè dlo kokoye

Ak bèl chanpèt laye

K’ap pran ti rafrechi kreyòl

Nan manje kenèp, melon, kowosòl

Ak yon lanmou tonmtonm kalalou

Kalalou krab mele ak pwason koulourou

Dè fwa mwen santi kè map senyen

Lè m sonje zaboka ak lam boukannen

Boul manyòk nan sòs pwa kongo

Manje mango jòn pou pye ak kouto

Mwen santi m alèz

Nan mitan yon rak bwa

Lè m akoupi pou m’ fè yon ti tata

Sou tèt wòch bò falèz

Jeremi ap fè m je dous

Ak bèl zoranj, bèl panplemous

Grenadya apt aye banda

Grenadin men nap kaladya

Devan Abriko k’ap bay cho konparèt

Yon grenn sitron parèt li pouse Dejèm

Pou donnen bèl tigason menm jan avè m

Woy! Kojepens fè m’ tounen yon powèt!

Pou m’ chante lanmou lakay

Dous tankou ji papay

Tonbe sou koulè lavi m

Tache tout lespri m’

Jeremi, je tèm, je tèm.

– ST. LOUIS Bazelet

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When I think of Jérémie
Symbol of paradise
Where life flourishes
All kinds of good fruit.

Good people, all men are brothers
Drinking coconut water
As the countryside fans out around them

As we sit in the cool Creole breeze
We eat kènep, melon, and soursop
With love for tonmtonm and kalalou
Okra sauce and crab mixed with the fish called koulourou

Sometimes I feel like I’m bleeding
When I remember avocado with roasted breadfruit
Yucca balls in Congo pea sauce
Eating a yellow mango, fresh off the tree, with a knife

I feel comfortable
In the middle of a forest of trees
When I squat to take a little poop
Atop a steep rock

Jérémie, so sweet to my eyes
With beautiful oranges, beautiful grapefruit
Passionfruit is all dressed up
Even grenadine dances kaladya.

Beyond the town of Abricots, where they make hot gingerbread,
A single lemon sprouted two buds, Dejèm*
To produce a nice young man like me.
Woy! KOJEPENS has made me into a poet!

So that I can sing of my love for my home
As sweet as papaya juice
Falling on the colors of my life
Sticking to my soul
Jérémie, I love you, I love you.

–  Bazelet ST. LOUIS

* This is a play-on-words.  Bazelet’s home community is called Dejèm (Two Germs — as in seeds or sprouts)


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8 04 2011
fatpinkcat

Tres bien.
?When I squat to take a little poop
Atop a steep rock?
Tres amusant.

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