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.