Poem of the Week – O Heavenly Lady (Ewe bibi Mwenye Enzi )

 

Kilwa

O heavenly lady, please accept my greeting
Why do you torment me, I’m new to this feeling
My soul is full of pain, my heart is sent slumping
Think it through and you’ll see, this love is the true love

You said you would be mine, until the world ended
You promised in god’s name, I was what you wanted
Now it’s like you’re not mine, why am I avoided
Think it through and you’ll see, this love is the true love

The moment our eyes met, I recall it today
How we loved each other, or I did anyway
Why do you discard me, you didn’t come halfway
Think it through and you’ll see, this love is the true love

A crowd has assembled, shyness envelops me
But my heart accuses, insists our love must be
What is it that you meant, darling I still can’t see
Think it through and you’ll see, this love is the true love

-Seif Salim

***Original in Swahili

Ewe bibi mwenye enzi, salamu zangu pokea
Mbona unanipa kazi, pendo sijalizowea
Roho ina majonzi, moyo umejiinamia
Fikiri utanabahi, pendo lipi ni la kweli

Ulisema wewe wangu, Mpaka mwisho wa dunia
Ukaapa jina la mungu, hutobadili nia
Sasa kama si mwenzangu, mbona unanikimbia
Fikiri utanabahi, pendo lipi ni la kweli

Siku tuliyoonana, leo naikumbukia
Jinsi tulivyopendana, kwangu ukizingatia
Leo mbona twatupana, hukufika nusu njia
Fikiri utanabahi, pendo lipi ni la kweli

Niko mbele ya kaumu, haya zimeniingia
Moyo unanilaumu, pendo lako kuridhia
Mpenzi sijafahamu, nini umekusudia
Fikiri utanabahi, pendo lipi ni la kweli

-Seif Salim

 

Source: http://www.poetrytranslation.org/poems/this-love

Sung by the poet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saRcoMwiUdU

More about Swahili literature: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swahili_literature

Image Credit: https://www.zanzibarhistory.org/Zanzibar_Mosques.htm

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