POETRY

Il-patata qiegħda f’ħajjithom

Il-patata qiegħda f’ħajjithom.
Joħlom biha t-tifel il-kbir
biha u bit-takkuna.
Liż-żgħir tgħidx kemm togħġbu
kif issajjarha ommu.
Jaħdimha l-missier, bidwi part-time
f’għalqa bil-girna.

Fuq il-mejda l-omm taqleb fil-platti.
Il-missier iservi u jirrakkonta.
Il-kbir sieket.
Iż-żgħir irid aktar patata.
In-nanna tgħidlu biex jieħu ftit
għax ġa jbati bid-dijabete.

Il-patata taġevolahom xi ftit.
L-omm tbigħha lil wieħed tal-ħaxix.

Il-kbir ġieli jgħin lil missieru.
Kien ra takkuna fil-girna
u baqa’ jhewden fuqha.

Tagħmel parti minn ħajjithom
il-patata. Minnha jieħdu l-benefiċċji.
Biha jidinbu.

 

 

Potatoes are in their lives

Potatoes are in their lives.
The eldest dreams about them,
Potatoes and high heels.
The youngest is very fond of them,
He likes the way his mother cooks them.
The father works them, a part-time farmer
in a field with a room at its bottom.

At table, mother serves in plates.
Father gives them out and tells stories.
The eldest is quiet.
The youngest wants more potatoes.
Grandma tells him to take just a bit
as he is already diabetic.

Potatoes help them.
Mother sells them to a vegetable-vendor.

The eldest helps his father sometimes.
He glimpsed a high heel in the room at the bottom of the field
and dwelt upon it.

Potatoes are part of their lives.
They benefit from them.
With them they sin.

Translated by Claudia Gauci

Ierappels binne yn harren libbens

Ierappels binne yn harren libbens.
De âldste dreamt fan harren,
Ierappels en hege hakken.
De jongste is der sljocht op,
Hy hâldt fan se op de manier sa’t mem se klearmakket.
De heit bewurket se, in parttime boer
yn in úthoeke fan in fjild.

Oan tafel, mem skept de buorden fol.
Heit jout se troch en fertelt ferhalen.
De âldste swijt.
De jongste wol mear ierappels.
Beppe seit dat er net tefolle nimme moat
omdat er al sûkersykte hat.

Ierappels helpe harren.
Mem ferkeapet se oan in grienteboer.

De âldste helpt syn heit sa no en dan.
Hy heinde in glimp op fan in hege hakke yn de úthoeke fan it fjild
en tocht der lang oer nei.

Ierappels binne ûnderdiel fan harren libbens.
Se profitearje derfan.
Se sûnigje dermei.

Oerset troch Ate Grypstra