Fijian Green Color, Healing and Language Around the World

Traditional Fiji and Fijian language poetry and dictionary poems with Kimberly Burnham, photo by Old Youth on Unsplash

Ruru Times

In Fijian spoken in the Pacific islands
“cadra” is to rise
said of the sun, moon or stars
means just appearing
to appear or happen suddenly
as a plant sprouting
peace in a time of war
“na icadracadra ni siga”
describes the dawn of sunrise

Sautū Enough For Peace

In some societies peace
a metaphorical commodity
enough food to share
plenty of food for peace
or for a peace offering

Peace Verbs

Find nothing in ancient
or modern languages analogous
to the different forms of the Fijian verb
especially the different terminations
for in the reduplications
and partly reduplicated forms
and those which express causation and intensity
we have something very similar
to a world away’s Hebrew

Before and After Fijian Peace

“Sauvatu” a stone set up
or marked as a “tabu” or restricted food

Beckoning Peace

In Fijian “vakatabatabataki”
means to beckon peace
or to hold peace
“soro” is to sue for peace

Green and white parrots poetry with Kimberly Burnham, Photo by Tam Nguyen on Unsplash

Fijian Green

In Fijian there is a word “bativou”
for a person who prefers green fruit
rather than fruit fully mature
“vou” is new and by extension “bativou”
a person attracted to those younger
often said of men attracted to a younger woman

Peace poetry from Fiji in Fijean with Kimberly Burnham, photo by Vijeshwar Datt on Unsplash



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Kimberly Burnham

Kimberly Burnham


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