Sunday, July 5, 2009

Toddy-Climbing by Padethayaza


TODDY-CLIMBING
By Padethayaza (ob. A.D. 1754)
ေနြဦးကာလ ျမူထေသာအခါ
(ထန္းသမားဘြဲ့တ်ာခ်င္း)
ပေဒသရာဇာ



In the beginning of the hot weather, when haze rises,
With his ladder and inseparable pot,
His sharp knife stuck in his waist,
To the tari buds and tari branches luxuriantly sprouting,
With his seat slung from his shoulder he climbs.

ေနြဦးကာလ ျမူထေသာခါ၊ ရင္းေထာင္ရင္းဆြဲ ေဆာင္ျမဲအိုးလြယ္ကာ၊ ဓားနွီးထက္စြာ ခါးမွာခ်ပ္လ်က္၊ ထန္းပြင့္ထန္းခိုင္ ရြွန္းျမိုင္ျမိုင္၊ ကလိုင္သာလြယ္လို့ တက္သည္နွင့္ေလး။

Tari stalks and spreading tari leaves
He cuts and notches amain to win the first fresh tari juice.
His loving wife collects the tari juice.
He shouts and cries to his sons and grandsons and calls to the dogs and pigs.
And, behold! a hare-net corded with tari-fibre.

ထန္းပင္ထန္းလက္ ထန္းရြက္ကယ္ေဝေဝ၊ စင္ေအာင္ခုတ္ထစ္ နုမ်စ္ကယ္ထန္းဦးေရ၊ မယားငယ္ေဆြ ထန္းေရသိမ္းဆည္း၊ သားေျမးဟစ္ေျကာှ ေခြးဝက္ကယ္ေခါှ၊ ထန္းေလ်ွာှသာယုန္ပိုက္စည္းငယ္နွင့္ေလး။

The noise of calling resounds; men are clamorous;
Dogs yelp, men yell; they strike and beat.
Chameleon, hare, partridge-all that are in the bushes-
Quail, fowl, iguana, snake,
Wolves, too, straightway come out.

ေခါှသံရိုက္ဟည္း လူလည္းေျကာှျငာ၊ ေခြးဟစ္လူဟစ္ ခတ္ပစ္ကယ္ေျခာက္ေသာခါ၊ ပုတက္ယုန္ခါ ေတာမွာရွိျက၊ ငံုးျကက္ကယ္ဖြတ္ေျမြ ဝံပုေလြ၊ မေနထြက္လာျကသည္တည့္ေလး။

With joyous zest the wife
Gets a mixed load of curry-leaves good and indifferent.
The husband's concern is the hares and such other
Creatures of the wild as he encounters;
He takes and puts them in his sack.

ဝမ္းသာအားရ မယားကတစ္သြယ္၊ ဟင္းရြက္ဆိုးေကာင္း၊ ေသာင္းေျပာင္းေရာ၍လြယ္၊ လင္ကတစ္သြယ္ ယုန္ငယ္ကစ၊ ေတာသတဿတဝါ ေတြ့တိုင္းကိုသာ၊ အိတ္မွာသာယူ၍ခ်သည္နွင့္ေလး။

And so returning and having rested a little,
They do their roasting at the jaggery fire on sharp spits.
When the curry-pot boils they put in the roast,
And stir the pot, and cook it in water.
They have, too, star-gazing chillies.

သို့နွင့္ေရာက္က ခဏေအာင့္လ်ွင္၊ တံစို့ထက္နွင့္ ထန္းလ်က္ဖိုမွာကင္၊ ဟင္းအိုးဆူလ်ွင္ အကင္ခပ္ျပီး၊ အိုးကင္းနွင့္ေလွာှ ေရနွင့္ေျကာှ၊ မိုးေမ်ွာှငရုတ္သီးငယ္နွင့္ေလး။

When all is set on the large wicker tray,
Daughters and sons, so many there is scarce room,
Push and thrust with a single knee,
Vying with each other and determined to eat.
They fall to in fine style plying the coconut dipper.

နွီးေဒါင္းလန္းျကီး ခူးျပီးေသာခါ၊ သမီးနွင့္သား မ်ားလို့မဝင္သာ၊ ဒူးတစ္ဖက္ဟာ တြန္းကာဖယ္လ်က္၊ သူ့ထက္ငါေလ စားေတာ့မည္ေစ၊ စေပသာလွအုန္းခြက္ကယ္နွင့္ေလး။

Each with bent head takes handfuls and gobbles.
When they have finished, there is no washing-up; they leave it to the dogs.

ငံု့လ်က္ကိုယ္စီသာ ဆုပ္ကာေလြးေတာ့သည္။ ျပီးလ်ွင္ေရမရွာ ေခြးသာေက်ြးေတာ့သည္။



J. A. Stewart
[Anthology of Burmese Literature, ii, 2.]

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