You Understand

by Saado Cabdi Amarre

Hooyaallayey hooyaallayey, hooyaallayey hooye;
Weapons' factories thud with a pounding rhythm
Armaments spewed out to all the corners of the globe
With no boundaries, no limits and with no restrictions
Even a camel-herder slings an AK-47 on his shoulder
You understand the extreme suffering this brings
 
Black people, white people, non-believers, Muslims
It's men who burn to annihilate the land
They set up rockets and won't listen to arguments
While women plead for caution under the tree of peace
 
They've exterminated camels, cattle, goats and sheep
Wild animals - even the shielded tortoise - have all been slaughtered
You understand how many people have been slain in open fields
How birds have fled the countryside and migrated far away
You understand how this is getting like Hiroshima
You understand the destitution this visits on the world
 
Black people, white people, non-believers, Muslims
It's men who burn to annihilate the land
They set up rockets and won't listen to arguments
While women plead for caution under the tree of peace
 
You understand war and the injury it inflicts
You understand how loved ones are struck down
You understand how children are made orphans
You understand how the elderly are slaughtered
You understand how the world straps on a gas mask
You understand how hatred and bitterness persist
You understand how blameless villages are torched
You understand the extreme suffering this brings

Black people, white people, non-believers, Muslims
It's men who burn to annihilate the land
They set up rockets and won't listen to arguments
While women plead for caution under the tree of peace
 
You understand peace is a broad-leafed tree
You understand peace shelters families and friends
You understand peace brings prosperity
You understand peace is a churn of frothing milk
You understand peace means marriage and love
You understand peace escorts the married couple home
You understand peace is a place where happiness springs
You understand peace promotes progress
You understand peace is a home with a strong fence
You understand peace spreads like silk
You understand peace is an independent female camel
You understand peace brings knowledge and education

Black people, white people, non-believers, Muslims
It's men who burn to annihilate the land
They set up rockets and won't listen to arguments
While women plead for caution under the tree of peace

The literal translation of this poem was made by Maxamed Xasan 'Alto'

The final translated version of the poem is by Sarah Maguire

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