Mazisi Kunene. Vertaling in Afrikaans

 

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Mazisi Kunene se “izinkondlo emililo” [Brandende verse] in Afrikaans vertaal via Vusi Mchunu se Engelse vertaling uit Zulu. Vert. deur Helize van Vuuren.

  

Brandende verse

 

Onsigbaar sal ek jul volg na die heilige grotte

díép in die aard-maag waar jul brandende verse wegmoffel

en dophou van ver jul geheime fakkel-woorde –

nee, eerder soos ‘n komeet die hemelboog belig

nog lank na sonsak verdof

 

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Poems set on fire

 

I shall invisibly follow you into the sacred vaults
Deep in the belly of earth where you hide your burning poems
From a distance watching you raise secret words as the torch
Nay, the comet illuminating the arc to the depths of sunsets

 

– Mazisi Kunene Igudu likaSomcabeko 1997. Engelse vertaler Vusi Mchunu

 

Izinkondlo zemililo

 

Ngizokulandela wena uze ushone emgodini
Uze ushone lapho ufihle khona izinkondlo zakho
Ngize ngikubone usuzibasela usuzenza ubhaqa
Kuze kuthi klelele nakude emashona
Kube engathi uphethe izinkanyezi

 

— Mazisi Kunene Igudu likaSomcabeko 1997.

 

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