Uma (woman) Surinam #poem #BlackLivesMatter #Hillyes

Uma
by Johanna Schouten-Elsenhout
Recited by Hillary Clinton in The Hague at an UNESCO conference in 1999

Noti no hei so
Lek’ a sten
D’ e bari
In’ dyugudyugu f’ a dei

A sten moi
A krakti
A n’ abi farsi
Wins’ tranga winti
E seiri en kon

Uma i hei
Y’e brenki
I n’e kanti
A mindri strei
Fu aladei

Woman

Nothing is more magnificent
Than the voice
That calls out
In the chaos of the day

That voice is beautiful
She is powerful
She knows no hatefulness
Even if storms
would carry that with them

Woman you are majestic
You shine
You do not falter
In the midst of the struggle
of every day
Vrouw

Niets is zo verheven
Als de stem
Die roept
In de chaos van de dag

Die stem is mooi
Zij is krachtig
Zij heeft geen valsheid
Ook als stormen
Die met zich meevoeren

Vrouw je bent verheven
Je schittert
Je wankelt niet
Te midden van de strijd
Van alledag

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Dickinson on sleeplessness.

Dickinson on sleeplessness.

Will there really be a morning?
Is there such a thing as day?
Could I see it from the mountains
If I were as tall as they?

Has it feet like water-lilies?
Has it feathers like a bird?
Is it brought from famous countries
Of which I have never heard?

Oh, some scholar! Oh, some sailor!
Oh, some wise man from the skies!
Please to tell a little pilgrim
Where the place called morning lies!