ROMANI ORAL TRADITION

World Roma Day

April 8

 

“{International Romani Day} commemorates the day on which Romani people officially sealed their international cooperation and the Romani movement achieved an international sociopolitical dimension. On this day, those who annually celebrate it commemorate their common culture, language, origins, unity, work and primarily their “romipen” (“Romani-ness”).”  From http://www.romea.cz

 

My Annual Sonnet:

 

Who says we cannot read? We read fringed lines

As they meander across your worn palm

We read the leaf clumps and delicate vines

Clinging to the empty teacup, now calm.

 

We read your story of pain and glory

On sketched chips of wood or bright vellum card

Brown, green, blue, gray reflections give away

Both truth and lies you desperately guard.

 

Asking us for help, we once again read

The page of your voices, anger, and fear

Despised, uneducated, we still bleed

In sympathy for your disguised veneer.

 

No country, no school, no planting of seed

And yet we have always known how to read.

 

© 2013 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

From Madame Sosostris Explains (a poetry patchwork)

IMAGE: Graphic RR Marki dr/eh, Zurich Switzerland

 

 

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3 comments

  1. “No country, no school, no planting of seed
    And yet we have always known how to read.”
    Sad lines…and sadly true. Throughout history, the Romani have been maligned and hounded. So many people in this crazy world seek to destroy those who are different.

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