John Whirlwind’s Doublebeat Songs, 1956
Menwi – yakwatoni – beskonewiani.
Kyebakewina – maneniaki
Good-smelling are these flowers.
As it turned out, they were milkweeds
as the wind passes by,
as the wind passes by.
Inike – ekatai – waseyaki
netena – wasesi.
It is now almost daylight,
I said to the firefly.
For the last time
For the last time.
Originally published in the New Yorker. Copyright © 2017 by Ray A. Young Bear. Used with the permission of the author.