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The Somali Orthography

The birth of my orthography
And the writing using my own script
Allowed me to come out from the suffering
And hardship and the countless and continual works,
It is the prop and major source of support to the economy
And refuses to fall over from loss of balance,
It provides a formal promise and guarantee
To the unity of the country.

I’ve to love my mother tongue very dearly,
I’ve to achieve a permanent acceptance for my mother tongue,
I’ve to make practical and effective use of my mother tongue,
I’ve to fill to satisfaction and satiated with my mother tongue,
I’ve to die having a dignified status with my mother tongue.


The yesterday’s wonder and mysterious situation we were in
And today’s fortune that smiled on us
The success and the failure in-between was only yesterday,
Hey you people gathering at the place
Coming close to one another,
Looking forward to one direction!
Have you received the telegram?
Have you learned it thoroughly?
Do you have the tendency to like it?

I’ve to love my mother tongue very dearly,
I’ve to achieve a permanent acceptance for my mother tongue,
I’ve to make practical and effective use of my mother tongue,
I’ve to fill to satisfaction and satiated with my mother tongue,
I’ve to die having a dignified status with my mother tongue.


Hey you, the absent-minded person, see it!
The one who is having impaired hearing, listen it!
If a fire is not set to a clay vessel
It doesn’t cook the food
And nothing is benefitted from,
Pay attention to our general interests
Where the damage lies
Is the spinal cord
Smug self-serving earnestness!

I’ve to love my mother tongue very dearly,
I’ve to achieve a permanent acceptance for my mother tongue,
I’ve to make practical and effective use of my mother tongue,
I’ve to fill to satisfaction and satiated with my mother tongue,
I’ve to die having a dignified status with my mother tongue.

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