Raha Noana Ny Kibo
(When the belly's empty)

When the belly’s empty, the mind may wander
Ancestors seem absent and protect you no longer
But don’t show fear, don’t show your weak side
Or swarms of tricksters
will devour your hide

Don’t welcome laziness, as hunger is its price
The Ancestors watch over all the planters of rice
Working the earth is the only wealth we have
And those who farm it will shine far above

Even if life looks like toil and grind
Even if some seek to sell off our land
And you know that truth’s is too hard to find

Raoul - 1990
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