African Poems

Oral Poetry from Africa

Tag: Birds

The Crop Thieves

A Sotho poem from Lesotho on the subject of weaver birds, at harvest time one of the worst predators. The sounds and rhythms of this poem, even in the English translation, imitate marvellously the twittering and bustle of the weaver birds which are stealing corn from the fields.

Tswi-tswiri! I the person, I suspect!
What have you heard that makes you suspicious?..

Three Birds

A Yoruba song from Nigeria, chanted in praise of adornment and flamboyant clothes. The fashions of humans are compared with the bright, rich colours of various birds of the forest.

Three birds in all
There are, in the forest bounds,

African Poems