LIFE IS A CONTRADICTION

LIFE IS A CONTRADICTION

150 years ago, a great man looked at our language
Differently.
His name was Charles Baissac.
The science of language has much evolved since.
Yet some people, who know better of course,
Refuse change and evolution.
50 years ago, some people,
Who thought they knew better,
Refused freedom from foreign rule.
Today, these very same wise guys
Together with certain have been champions of freedom,
Now deny the need for change.
Nation building is a lunatic dream!
Mauritius is Petite France, FULL STOP!
Mauritius is Little India, FULL STOP!
Mauritius, a creole island? COME OFF IT!
English, a creole language? DON’T BE STUPID!

Those early nitwits who study, write on and write in
Mauritian
Will soon be gone
But efforts to build a nation
With a national language,
A national culture
And a national purpose
Will resist backward-looking fanatics.

And the fight will go on
Between opposites
For life is a contradiction.

Date: 01.09.18

UMAR TIMOL AN MORISIEN

UMAR TIMOL AN MORISIEN

TEX SOURS: 52 FRAGMENTS POUR L’AIMÉE; L’HARMATTAN, NOVEMBRE 2017;
TRADIXION PAR DEV VIRAHSAWMY

FRAGMAN 01
Tousala zot zanfan douler dan rev lizie ouver. Sa anpes nou vinn fezer. Li donn nesans zwisans parol ek lide. Enn may ar lot. Lerla bizen koze, dir ki nou ete, rakont nou zistwar, dekouver noumem dan lotla. Pa kwar li nou lot lamwatie. Li ena enn lot lepeser. Li ekler kote pa-kone dan so nam e pa-kone vinn kone dan zarden ilimine, taye par so lapo.

FRAGMAN 02
Nou tou nou finn may dan enn sel parol
samem seki
fann fernwar ar sizo lalimier.

FRAGMAN 03
Meyer Maya ki kaykoun. Mo bizen ki to la sak fwa ki lavi trase. Movi ar sa fose ant nou. Movi si dan lanwit to lekor vinn nahin. Movi ar laverite. San twa mo nanyeditou, napeyna mwa, mo zis mathi ki tay bann form dan granit memwar. Mo andey. Mo orfelen, mo finn perdi mister mazik kan parol tres seve realite.

FRAGMAN 19
Peyna sime bliye, nahin, nahin, nahin, peyna sime to vinn souvenir las-las, mo pa kapav, mo pa ole ki to vinn enn regre san disel, peyna sime, ar marto-sizo mo pou skilpte to nam dan pou mwa, peyna sime aret nesans-renesans to lalimier ki mo dekore ar to seve kotle.

02.08.18