Ọ̀LẸ LAZY MAN

Ọ̀lẸ                                                      LAZY MAN

Wọ́n ní kí o tẹpá mọ́sẹ́                      Advising a lazy man to work

O’un gún pá                                    makes him raise is sarcastic shoulders.

Ń gbà tí isẹ́ bá dìsẹ́                           When joblessness becomes poverty,

Awọ rẹ a giiran                              his skin would lose it shine,

Àyà rẹ̀ a yọ egun                               his shoulders blades would appear

Ojú rẹ̀ a rangun                                his eyes would shy into their socket.

 

Kò sí àbùjá fún ọ̀lẹ                           There’s no short cut for a lazy man,

Ẹni tó tẹpá mọ́sẹ́                              the everyday devoted workaholic’s

ò ti jẹun kánú                                 belly remains unsatisfied

kátó ń bùrú ọ̀lẹ olè                            let alone the lazy man – thief

Afi ọmọ ẹran dájọ                           sacrificing a calf where he should give a goat.

ọmọ ọ̀lẹ ò le rẹ́ni nùú                         No one would feed the lazy man’s child,

ọ̀lẹ fún ra rẹ̀ ko rẹ́nu jẹun.                  even the lazy man has no food for his mouth.

 

To Yoruba speakers and readers: Forgive the inefficient marking.

To English readers and speakers: Forgive the inadequate translation.

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