A Nandi Children’s song from Kenya, a humorous word-chain that links together all aspects of the children’s future life.
Who will throw goat’s dung at me?
What will you do with goat’s dung?
I will hurl it at the heavens:
What do you want with the heavens?
That they drop a little water on me:
Why do you want a little water?
That the burnt grass may grow:
Why do you want young grass?
That my old cow may eat:
What will you do with your old cow?
I will slaughter it for those eagles:
What do you want with those eagles?
That they drop their feathers for me:
Why do you want feathers?
That I may fasten them on my arrow:
Why do you want your arrow?
That I may hunt the enemies’ oxen:
Why do you want the enemies’ oxen?
That I may obtain my wife:
Why do you want your wife?
That she may bear me a child:
Why do you want your child?
That he may look for my lice:
Why do you want lice?
That I may go and die as an old man
from The Nandi: Their Language and Folklore (1909),