Poetry

Umbongo wothando: IsiXhosa love poem

IMG_9810

Uthando (Pic: Phakamani Ntentema)

Uyinzwakazi ngokudalwa nangezenzo,

Uyinkwenkwezi enomsantsa phakathi kwezinye,

Njengokuqaqamba nokufiphala kwazo.

Kowu! Uyathandeka mntwana womntu.

Uzolile, ucwengile okwamanz’ eendonga,

Imikhwa nesimo sakh’ asinasihlava,

Uyincwadi enokufundwa nanguthatha.

Inene, uyathandeka Mdak’ oNtsundu.

Hayi suka! Akukho nt’ ingathandekiyo kuwe

Amazinyo wakho mahle ngathi ngamaqhashu,

Uyint’ ebala lihle okomsimbithi nom-ebhoni.

Wo! Uyathandeka ntwazana.

Kubi ukuxoka nokuphosisa.

Uyintyantyambo yelizwe, uliqhayiya kowenu—

Yintomb’ eyanyul’ uMosis ezingcongolweni,

Hayi Mdak’ oNtsundu ngelo dombo lakho libizayo.

Umbongo Wothando

Uyinzwakazi ngokudalwa nangezenzo,

Uyinkwenkwezi enomsantsa phakathi kwezinye,

Njengokuqaqamba nokufiphala kwazo.

Kowu! Uyathandeka mntwana womntu.

Uzolile, ucwengile okwamanz’ eendonga,

Imikhwa nesimo sakh’ asinasihlava,

Uyincwadi enokufundwa nanguthatha.

Inene, uyathandeka Mdak’ oNtsundu.

Hayi suka! Akukho nt’ ingathandekiyo kuwe

Amazinyo wakho mahle ngathi ngamaqhashu,

Uyint’ ebala lihle okomsimbithi nom-ebhoni.

Wo! Uyathandeka ntwazana.

Kubi ukuxoka nokuphosisa.

Uyintyantyambo yelizwe, uliqhayiya kowenu—

Yintomb’ eyanyul’ uMosis ezingcongolweni,

Hayi Mdak’ oNtsundu ngelo dombo lakho libizayo.

– Phakamani Ntentema

Advertisements

Categories: Poetry

1 reply »

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.