Peace in !Kung, a click language of the San People of Southern Africa

ǂgou (peace) — !Kung poetry with Kimberly Burnham Photo by Hu Chen on Unsplash

Real and Imaginary Half Liver

In the imaginary constructed Verdurian language of Lé or Létɔ̂ŋ
“čiŋ” is half
“čín” is fish
“čìŋ” is season, time, situation, state of affairs

Making Sense of Death, Life and Health, A Found Poem

The Ju/ ′hoansi manage to make a living
their semi-desert environment
in a world of uncertainty
Inhabited by forces beyond their control
face illness, misfortune, and the ultimate loss — death

ǂgou (peace) — !Kung poetry with Kimberly Burnham Photo by redcharlie on Unsplash

Town From a Ju/’hoan or !Kung Perspective

Town life is stressful and boring
in the Bush food is free and plentiful
the peace and quiet of the bush
full of the sounds of nature
contrasting sounds of alcohol-fueled squabbles
and the social problems alcohol brings.
the bush is part of our cultural tradition
it is who we are as a people

Peace Talking and Telling Tales

From The Year of The Poet June 2020 (Inner Child Press)

“The most loquacious people”
J. Marshall observed
referring to the Ju/’hoan
suggests one useful strategy
maintaining peace “fgou”
diffusing tensions by talking
the San people of the Kalahari Desert
are not silent “ǂgau”
engage in conversation
all day long and well into the night
as they work
as they eat
as they gather around the fires
with their children at night
as they visit with other families
people who have hunted or gathered separately
recount in exhaustive detail
the tracks of animals
amounts of berries
abundance of certain plants
then plan what come next
where might there be game?
to whom will they give nuts?
the band a unit of sharing
demands peace and cooperation among members

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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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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.