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Mayan poetry translated into English, French, Latin and Hittite = poésie mayanne traduite en français, latin et hittite  

a special post to honour Daniel de França's beautiful contribution/
un poste spécial en l'honneur de la belle contribution de Daniel de França...   


original Mayan poem in Mayan and Spanish:

Matthew 7:7 (New Testament):

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.





English

You will go to school.
You will not be empty-headed.
You will cross the threshold of your imagination
going all the way into your own house
without having to knock on the door.

français :

Vous irez à l'école.
Vous ne serez pas écervelé.
Vous franchirez le seuil de ton imagination
et vous irez jusqu'au bout et vous entrerez chez toi
sans même devoir frapper à la porte.

Spanish:

See the Mayan poem above, followed by it in Spanish and then in English.

Latin:

Scholae operam dabitis.
Non eritis ineptus.
Ingrediemini domum cogitationis
et ibitis procul et in domum tuum intrabitis
neque ostium pulsare debebitis.

Translation:

You will devote your work to school.
You will not be empty-headed.
You will enter the home of your imagination
and you will go all the way and you will enter your home
and you will not have to knock on the door.  

Hittite (3,500 BCE):

Hatrai istamasteni.
Httatan harteni.
Teshus istamasteni.
Appezziyan tarhuteni appezziyan paitteni parnant
appezziyan askan siyateni.


Literally:

You will learn to count.
You will have wisdom.
You will learn your dreams. 
Afterwards you will win (and) afterwards you will go to your house
afterwards you will open the door.

NOTES:
1. There is no future tense in Hittite. So the text actually reads:

You learn to count.
You have wisdom.
You learn your dreams. 
Afterwards you win (and) afterwards you go to your house
afterwards you open the door.

2. The Hittites never focused on stupidity, which they believed was beneath them, but instead honoured wisdom.

3. There was no word for “imagination”. The Hittites learned from their dreams, which they considered sacred.

4. Once again, the Hittites did not focus on obligation, but instead described positively what they meant. So to them it meant so little to have to knock on the door when all you had to do was to open it.

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020



This is not a haiku at all but a wonderful message for all humankind.



senryu – look I’m a cat = zut ! je suis un chat


senryu – look I'm a cat = zut ! je suis un chat






look I'm a cat
how dare you ask, are you wise?
I'll give you a cuff

zut ! je suis un chat
me demandes-tu, es-tu sage ?
je te gifle

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance



I don’t think I have ever seen anything as pitiable as this sketch by a girl of a tiger crying in a zoo:

crying tiger

She says she hated going to the zoo after she saw the poor tiger pacing back and forth in its cage. And I am sure she saw tears in its eyes. It is just disgusting and utterly shocking how we as so-called adults are doing everything in our power (and we have far too much of that) to destroy every other living soul on our planet. The feed accompanying this astonishing sketch warns us that Sometimes children are wiser than adults. Not only wiser, but clearly far more in tune with our planet.

The child is father of the man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

(William Wordsworth, My Heart Leaps Up)

As for myself I cannot stand zoos, and I believe they should all be banned forever. Here are a few sickening examples why:

composite vile cruelty to animals in zoos

Just who do we think we are? The most intelligent species on planet earth? What a laugh!

BUT

Wild life parks with plenty of space for animals to roam in are another story altogether. At least the animals have plenty of room to roam around in. Thank God for small blessings.

Examples are:

Le Parc Oméga, Montebello, Québec, Canada (CLICK photo for lots of lovely pics!):

parc omega montebello quebec

 

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

san diego safari park

From time to time, I shall be posting more environmentally sensitive topics here on LBK&M, in spite of the fact that they have nothing to do with Linear A, B or C.

 

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