A Daily Dose of Peace. Each week, I focus on Love, Joy, and Peace in the world languages. January’s third week focuses on Germany and Anglo-Saxon origins in Europe.

Germanic Immigrants

A monk from Northumbria named Bede
described Anglo-Saxons
most powerful and warlike tribes in Germany
immigrants from northern Germany and southern Scandinavia
three tribes Angles, Saxons and Jutes
with many other stormed out for Britain
in the early fifth century
Batavians, Franks and Frisians
known to have made the sea crossing
to the province of Britannia
talking, mixing, marrying
seeking peace in Anglo-Saxon

“Friö” peace and tranquility
security or refuge
stately…


A B’nai Mitzvah Torah Planner with Poetry and Inspiration.

God’s Finger

A plague and a blessing
the Finger of God appears
twice in the Torah
once to create lice
and the other to inscribe
the stone tablets
with the 10 commandments

We see only actions
feeling our own intentions and actions
attributing plagues and blessings
from what we see
unfelt becomes unknown

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God’s finger appears poetry for Va’era this week’s Torah portion with Kimberly Burnham Photo by Kent Pilcher on Unsplash

Exodus 8:15 וַיֹּאמְר֤וּ הַֽחַרְטֻמִּים֙ אֶל־פַּרְעֹ֔ה אֶצְבַּ֥ע אֱלֹהִ֖ים הִ֑וא וַיֶּחֱזַ֤ק לֵב־פַּרְעֹה֙ וְלֹֽא־שָׁמַ֣ע אֲלֵהֶ֔ם כַּאֲשֶׁ֖ר דִּבֶּ֥ר יְהוָֽה׃ (ס)
and the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God!” …


A Daily Dose of Peace. Each week, I focus on Love, Joy, and Peace in the world languages. January’s third week focuses on Germany and Germanic Languages in Europe.

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Boulders in a Field left behind poetry with Kimberly Burnham. Photo by Andre Bernhardt on Unsplash

A Germanic Boulder At Rest

In Old Norse “ró” means rest, calm, and quietness
a similar word in Old English “rów” means quiet and rest
as does Middle Lower German “ròwe”
Old High German “ruowa”
and Lithuanian “rovà”

Dutch “rust” conjures an image of rest
a boulder left resting
in a meadow after the flood
“een rotsblok dat na de overstroming
in een weiland rustte”

West Frisian “rêst” as in
we took a rest at the top of the hill
to get our breath back
“wy rêste op ‘e top fan’ e heuvel
om ús azem werom te…


A Daily Dose of Peace. Each week, I focus on Love, Joy, and Peace in the world languages. January’s second week focuses on Colombia in South America.

Mild Peace

In Kichwa spoken in Colombia
Peru and Ecuador

“Llanpu” means mild or soft
moderate in degree, effect

“Llanpuj” means pacific
a peaceful nature
largest ocean in the world

“Llanpukay” means patience
good-natured tolerance

“Ñañichik” means pleasant and calm
affording pleasure

“Ñañichina” means calm down
become quiet

“Nanik” means formal
befitting a person in authority

“Ñañik” means calm, quiet and peaceful
pleasant

“Nanikay” means peace
harmonious relations

“Ñañikay” means tranquility
a disposition free from stress or…


A Daily Dose of Peace. Each week, I focus on Love, Joy, and Peace in the world languages. January’s second week focuses on Colombia in South America.

Running The House Alone

In Border Kuna a language of Colombia
“Aga ulubgin akalzhul-itoged” is peace
people seek true strength
autonomy and self-determination
with phrases like

“Machered kued” being a man
“uargüen negseed” run the house alone
“mag pundor itoged” be (have a conscience)
a true woman and “uargüen neg akued”
protect the house alone
a way to express a desire
to direct their own destiny

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Kuna Woman Selling Molas Border Kuna peace poetry with Kimberly Burnham

Border Kuna (kvn)―”Aga ulubgin akalzhul-itoged” (peace), “Akalzhul-itoged” (peace), “Machered kued” (being a man), “Uargüen negseed” (run the house alone), “Mag pundor itoged” (be (have a conscience) a true woman), “Uargüen neg akued” (protect the house alone, to say direct their own destiny)―Colombia. …


A Daily Dose of Peace. Each week, I focus on Love, Joy, and Peace in the world languages. January’s second week focuses on Aruaco or Arhuaco spoken in Colombia in South America.

Tanʉ

As if when we come together
calm pervades
“tanʉ” with a ʉ
a barred u
or a high central rounded vowel
pronounced oo
as in goose [ɡʉːs]
means we in Comanche
of North America
and calm in Aruaco
a language of Colombia
in South America

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Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Photo by Shot by Cerqueira on Unsplash

“Nabusimake” The Land Where the Sun is Born

I imagine a mood board for Arhuaco
an endangered language of Colombia
where calm is said “tanʉ”

Gently winding paths along river banks
five cows carry on their way
down to a ford in the river
stopping every morning for a drink
they seem to know
this is the path they are meant to take
as a mist rises over the plants
as the first rays of the sun heat the…


A Daily Dose of Peace. Each week, I focus on Love, Joy, and Peace in the world languages. January’s second week focuses on Palenquero spoken in Colombia in South America.

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Palenquero Creole Peace Poetry with Kimberly Burnham in Colombia. Photo by Reiseuhu on Unsplash

Palenquero The Spanish-based creole Palenquero (locally known as Lengua) is spoken in the village of El Palenque (also known as San Basilio de Palenque, or El Palenque de San Basilio). Located about 60 kilometers from Cartagena de Indias (Colombia).

Captured Slaves Become Captivating Free People

Mr. Salgado, a schoolteacher put it this way
“our ancestors survived capture in Africa
the passage by ship to Cartagena
and were strong enough to escape
and live on their own for centuries. …


A B’nai Mitzvah Torah Planner with Poetry and Inspiration.

If You Pray

It is time
if you are an activist
lend your voice
consider your role
freedom and democracy dies
unite look around
emerge from this narrow place

God Know The World Is on Fire

And said to Moses at the burning bush
I am mindful of sufferings

There is a way through the narrow places
training ourselves to notice the spark of God

Where it is found
on a fiery mountain
a small burning bush
in a sacred encounter

Exodus 3:7 וַיֹּ֣אמֶר יְהוָ֔ה רָאֹ֥ה רָאִ֛יתִי אֶת־עֳנִ֥י עַמִּ֖י אֲשֶׁ֣ר בְּמִצְרָ֑יִם וְאֶת־צַעֲקָתָ֤ם שָׁמַ֙עְתִּי֙ מִפְּנֵ֣י נֹֽגְשָׂ֔יו כִּ֥י יָדַ֖עְתִּי אֶת־מַכְאֹבָֽיו׃
And the LORD continued, “I have marked well the plight of My people in Egypt and have heeded their outcry because of their taskmasters; yes, I am mindful of their sufferings. …


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Central Peace at the inner core poetry with Kimberly Burnham Photo by Tom Winckels on Unsplash

A Daily Dose of Peace. Each week, I focus on Love, Joy, and Peace in the world languages. January’s second week focuses on Colombia in South America.

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Poison frogs in Colombia poetry with Kimberly Burnham. Photo by Zachary Spears on Unsplash

Stop Poison For Peace

In Barasano Eduria
a language of the Colombian Amazon
“jũnisinitʉjare” means peace
litterally stop harm

“Tʉjare” means to stop doing
as in “yitʉjare” to cease talking

“Jũnise” to hurt or it hurts me
hold a grudge
to be hot, spicy like red peppers
harmful agent, allergens, poison
so “Jũnisinitʉjare” also means
to stop doing poison
or hot and spicy
leading to peace

“Jũnisiniĩare”
to look angry
“Jũnisinicodere”
is to hold a grudge

Whereas “ĩajũnisinire”
is to be angry
at someone when seeing
to see and be jealous
and “ĩare” is to see
to look and to…

About

Kimberly Burnham

Writer, Poet, Ekphrastic Writer-in-Residence, Nerve Whisperer, Brain Health Coach, Author of The Traveling Brain: Illuminating Peace Poetry in 5000 Languages.

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