DEV VIRAHSAWMY

Tro boukou krim dan pei;

Dimoun pe vinn bebet!

Bizen sanz mantalite.

 

Violans pe fer ravaz;

Boukou fam pe mor brit!

Bizen sanz mantalite.

 

Somer pa’le travay;

Pa’le fer zefor.

Bizen sanz mantalite.

 

Ris pe vinn pli ris; pov pe vinn pli pov.

Sanepepasekontinie!

Bizen sanz mantalite.

 

Lepep dakor.

Sote-pile swasant zero.

 

Toktok dimande:

Kouma pou fer sa?

Kouma sanz mantalite?

 

Minis ankoler;

Monper ankoler;

Profeser ankoler;

Paran ankoler.

 

Prefer pa koze, Toktok panse.

 

Dimoun pe dimande:

Kifer nou finn aret pran kont?

Kifer nou finn aret partaze?

Kifer sakre finn vinn banal?

Kifer tou zafer aste, vande?

Kan nouvo profet pou vini

pou dir nou ki bizen fer?

 

Toktok pa kapav tini:

Li kriye for:

“Profet finn vini me li pa finn dir

seki nou anvi tande.

Nou finn galoup deryer li kout ros;

Nou finn persekit li. …

 

Kontinie manz banann dan de bout.”

Mindset Should Change

Too many crimes O hell;

People have turned beastlike!

Mindset should change.

 

Too much violence;

Women face brutish death!

Mindset should change.

 

The unemployed are lazy;

They’re all for bugger all.

Mindset should change.

 

The rich get richer, the poor poorer.

Ziscannotmesnotsoudnotbe!

Mindset should change.

 

The people agree.

Hip-hip-hip sixty O.

 

Nutty asks:

How?

How to change mindset?

 

Ministers fly off the handle;

Priests growl and grumble;

Teachers fly off the handle;

Parents roar and yell.

 

Better be quiet, Nutty thinks.

 

People are asking:

Why don’t we take care anymore?

Why don’t we share anymore?

Why is the sacred so mundane?

Why is everything on sale?

When will a prophet come to tell us what to do?

 

Nutty cannot hold in anymore.

He bursts out:

“The prophet has come but has not told us

what we want to hear.

We have chased him with stones,

Persecuted him …

 

You want your cake and eat it too.”