Payna lîsay molo ayzam-mule abt-tî pî, tapî papa nulutî yza.
Kono kaishîlî, kono kolayta, hamma lîsay, ā waypunishmap tîpî. E taywî tom pla.
Kono kaishîlî taptî peya tîpî, āoukotapî yeai yza shuma: Teyalong kono yzai ū yeawî-tong konay kuiya. Sayne pampay ū punishma hî ennîlî.
Tîsay, mîlîlî tîpusay pla, āoukotapî yeai enemtî peya kono kaishalî, menay tîwai nayning. Yu yzealu-kong sanay say nasay tîwing kono kaishalî.
Teyalong kono pîtî e shapay ennî, mîlîlî tîwing nang lî tîyzealing yzealing tîpeya – teyalong kono yzai ū yeawî-tong konay kuiya.
Kono kaishalî nîlî, Potîlî-wanî yza āyzam-mule punishmato lamapî.
Tîwing kono yzai, Potîlî-wanî yza tapî āyzam-mule pî:
"Pîla puklu ā waypunishma komî lamapî wai, enna-nay pay wanî nayning.
Mîlîlî nayning āwaypunishma-to laytaykui ya sîlîlî sîlîlî-pay," taape ya, āyzamule pî.
"Onong yzek-pay say?" kalanhopî āyzam-mule yza.
"Ā yzeawî tong konay kuiya sîlîlî ā yzalî tong," taape ya, e pî.
Āyzam-mule sanay shenîsa nîpî, Potîwanî maimu yzeatai.
Tîsay, tayshenîsay pla a kî, taapî Potîlî-wanî yza, ū senkama sîlîlî ā yzawî-tong pî.
Nong kay puklu taishay ekonka peya mîlîlî– tasa papa yza pla mang.
Potîlî-wanî yza sakînay okai-kong manada-kong konayka pî varanda-kong kaishelî, āyzam-mule lîka-to tong.
Molopai shay āyzam-mule e kamapeya e tewîta. Mîlîlî say e tewî napî e pepî pay sîlîlî-pîkîlî.
Mîlîlî pampay pampî lî ū yalî-kong tong pay senwa pai a pîn-kong mang sîlîlî-pay.
Tashem-tî say tîwînwî-long-kong, āmen-nang kono pî!
HOW LAND-TURTLE GOT HIS PERMANENT HOUSE
There was a land-turtle, according to my late father, Martin Marco of Shilebang, South Pakaraimas, who had no house.
Every year during rainy season, the turtle would punish in the rain because he had no house to shelter himself from the rains.
Every time, whilst in a rotten log sheltering from the rains, he would tell himself that he would build himself a permanent house and that he would not punish the following year without it.
But as soon as the rains stop, he would forget about his resolution and get himself busy eating leaves until another rainy season comes along when he would sing his only song that he knew – "boy – next year will not passed me – I must build myself a house this dry season."
Every year too the Creator would watch him punishing himself.
One year the Creator spoke to him: “ I have been noticing you punishing yourself due to your laziness. Because of that, I will end your punishment today".
"How?" Asked the land-turtle.
"I am going to build you a house that you will carry along wherever you go," said the Creator.
The land-turtle got afraid upon hearing the Creator speaking to him.
“Don’t be afraid” , said the Creator, “I am working on your house now”.
The Creator must have very well used clay for this project, my late father did not say what material.
The Creator made two wide open doors and two varandas- one infront and one at the back- for the turtle to stretch himself out after a stressful day. He then put the turtle in his house which became his shell- house which he carries everywhere he goes.
Unlike the turtle, we need to take formal education very seriously which no one will take away from us; and it’s the one source that we will take wherever we go for the rest of our lives.
Happy New Year to all.