When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

Watch Out and Be Warned

Poem #16 from the Dīwān of Ḥājj Dākōn.

Recited by Ḥājj Dākōn and recorded by Sam Liebhaber at home, al-Ghaydha, January 27, 2004.



Sung by Ḥājj Dākōn and ʿAskarī Ḥujayrān at ʿAskarī Ḥujayrān’s home, al-Ghaydha, September 25, 2003.


 
PoemTranslation
1) heḏḥ w-ḥeḏḏūr…men tettōma bī ḥesdētWatch out and be warned…against listening to those who envy me
ʾān ʾāmōrem hūk // hōh ḏ-īšġawyen men srūkIf they tell you // I love someone else
hēm ḏ-ībōdī būk // w-yḥaymem hīn fetnētThey’re lying to you // They want strife to come between us
2) heḏḥ w-ḥeḏḏūr…men tettōma bī ḥesdētWatch out and be warned…against listening to those who envy me
ġeyrem bī w-būk // ḥesdem tī w-ḥesdem tūkThey’re jealous of me and you // They envy me and envy you
wēt ġlōkī šūk // yemtenyem tī lemētWhen they see me with you // They hope I’ll die
3) heḏḥ w-ḥeḏḏūr…men tettōma bī ḥesdētWatch out and be warned…against listening to those who envy me
bōlī ʾāmūr // kēḏə-l-ād menhem ḥeḏḏūrAs for the gossips // Who ever isn’t on guard against them
menhem ġatyūr // we-ḳlōbem lēh nyētIs changed because of them // They turn his desire upside down
4) heḏḥ w-ḥeḏḏūr…men tettōma bī ḥesdētWatch out and be warned…against listening to those who envy me
mēken bēr hlūk // men fnīnī we-fnūkMany have been worn down by them // Even before you and me
w-ḏēd yḥawźeb lūk // l-ād yḳawder lekmētThe one who craves you // Can never hide it
5) heḏḥ w-ḥeḏḏūr…men tettōma bī ḥesdētWatch out and be warned…against listening to those who envy me
aḥamk tehmā // w-tettōma līhem lāI want you to listen [to me] // And not to listen to them
fōza men tḳā // hīhem fēdī w-kelṯētI’m worried that you’ll be // Their sacrifice or just another story
6) heḏḥ w-ḥeḏḏūr…men tettōma bī ḥesdētWatch out and be warned…against listening to those who envy me
bīhem ḫeyr lā // bōlī ġaybet ān tdāThere’s nothing good about them // In case you don’t know about gossips
beyn eġā w-ġā // yedsīsem ʾādəwētEven between brother and brother // They could poison them with hostility
  

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