GAARRIYE HADDUU TEGAY, MA GOBLAMAY AFKEENII By Bashir Goth

With the death of Mohammed Hashi Damac (Gaarriye), the Somali people have lost a great poet and a literary custodian. Apart from the many masterpieces and deeply intellectual poetry that he left behind, Gaarriye will be remembered in particular by his monumental efforts in founding and teaching the metrical structure of Somali poetry. He is to the Somali poetry as what Al Khalil ibn Ahmed Al Farahidi is to Arabic poetry. I was honored to have met Gaarriye in 1997 when we both participated in a poetry evening at a fund-raising event for Amoud University in Abu Dhabi. One cannot find words to mourn the loss of such a literary giant, but silence at such a great calamity is not an option from a fellow poet. Therefore, I wrote the following elegy to capture at least some glimpses of his memory as a poet.

Abiidaba nin loo go’o
Oo lagu galaashiyo
Geesigu ma waaree
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Gaarriye hadduu tegay
Tixdu gibil madaw iyo
Geybmaar ma xidhatoo
Ma goblamay afkeenii
Ma gaagaxday odhaahdii
Ma gallooftay heestii
Gegyigiyo dadkeenii
Carraduu ka goohoo
Gucumaale aariyo
Siduu yahay gudgude roob
Gurxanka iyo yeedhmada
Ka gariirin jiray iyo
Ma gammiintay ciiddii
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Wallee gabay mug weyn iyo
Murti gaaxinteediyo
Ma la hoyday geeraar
Iyo garasho waaayeel
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Wallee geed adayg iyo
Durdur aan gudhayn iyo
Halyey lagu gabbada oon
Gibidhsiga aqoon iyo
Abwaan erayaduu gano
Goonyaha dalkoo idil
Laga goosan jirayoo
Goobtii la joogaba
Guubaabadiisiyo
Xikmaddiisa gaarka ah
Gaarriye siduu yidhi
Gundhigga iyo sheekada
Lagu goyni jiray iyo
Gole laga dab qaatiyo
Godol reera deeqiyo
Ma ahaa gob iyo qodax
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Gaarriyow gobaad iyo
Nin sidaada geeddiga
Guluf iyo colaad iyo
Guri ba’ay dul joogsaday
Oo gacal wanaagiyo
Nabad soo gardaadshoo
Ka gilgishay xumaanoo
Taariikh gu’ weyn dhigay
Geeridu ma duugtee
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Af Soomaaligaad galab
Iyo goor arooryaad
Sidii geenyo shaaximan
Goobayn taqaaniyo
Galladdii Ilaahay
Gaar kuugu deeqaan
Kugu sii galbiyayoo
Tix baan kugu gunaanaday

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Guullana firdawsiyo
Inuu goobta aakhiro
Guryo samo ku geeyaan
Duco kuugu guusoon
Gurmad kuugu soo diray

Bashir Goth, Oct.1, 2012.

bsogoth@yahoo.com

Source: http://hanua.blogspot.com/

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