Thai! (Peace) , a Gĩkũyũ poem by Ngartia

No marĩtwa tũtũirie no undũire tũtirĩ
Anake marakĩruĩra thibitarĩ
Mĩĩgithi nĩ nyĩmbo ciarĩ?
Nĩ aigana moĩ ciao mbarĩ?
Nĩkũrĩ? Nĩkũrĩ? Gũtirĩ?

Ona ngoma ciarĩ njega njũru gũtiari
Cia thũkirio nĩ ahujia kanitha-inĩ
Cia thũkirio igĩkĩrwo bibiria-inĩ
Na ti tene, o rĩu, kariri?

Na no ndĩraigua mareĩta Agĩkũyũ karĩnga
Agĩkũyũ ama a tene nĩ mathirire
No anake a fote matigaire
Na onao ti haraihu matigairie
Tha! Tha hari mũgambo witũ.

Rĩu ciana cia Gĩkũyũ na Mumbi
No Kĩrĩnyaga mũkũrora mũhoe Ngai
Okorwo nĩ murenda gũcokia rũthiomi
Rĩu ndamũtiga na Thayo!
Thai! Thai! Thathaiya Ngai.

Ngartia

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This poem was performed on 3rd March 2012 at Maneno Matamu Poetry.

To get to know Ngartia the poet, head to his blog or take a look at this interview.

5 thoughts on “Thai! (Peace) , a Gĩkũyũ poem by Ngartia

  1. Oh, it’s a great one! Don’t understand, but this is no problem, so I can interpret my own opinion by reading 🙂
    this sounds great in my opinion:
    Nĩkũrĩ? Nĩkũrĩ? Gũtirĩ?
    Regards,
    xandi

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