Simon Cronje from Netherlee Primary School

Leeu-Leeu se Reis 


Leeu-Leeu van ‘n ander nasie 

Lê en sug op ‘n stellasie. 

Hy voel oud en klam 

En koud en tam 

En nie lus vir ‘n geraas ‘ie. 


“Moe, moe, moe!” 

Kom bulk ‘n Heelan’ Coo 

Met sy roesbruin lyf 

En stywe, wilde kuif. 

“Nou waar wil jy na toe?” 


“Ek wens, ek wens 

Vir ‘n bok in my pens 

Die reuk van die bos 

‘n Lekker jag se kos 

En ‘n dag sonder winter of mens.” 


“Aye, ai, ai, dit kan ek verstaan, 

Jy dink jy kannie, maar jy kan!” 

Coo gaffel en hy trap 

En die draad hang gou-gou slap. 

En die leeu begin brul soos hy gaan: 

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“Jy’s ‘n goeie vriend, Coo, 

Maar ek gaan Afrika toe. 

En as ek maar kon 

Stuur ek somer en son 

Na jou en die disseltjies toe.” 



The Lion’s Journey 


A lion from another nation 

Sighs where he lays on his wooden frame. 

He feels old and clammy 

And cold and tired 

And not in the mood for noise. 


“Moo, moo, moo!” 

Bellows his friend, the Highland Coo 

With his red brown hair 

And his stiff, wild quiff. 

“Where do ye want tae be?” 


“I wish, I wish 

For a buck in my tummy 

The smell of the bush 

Food that I’ve hunted 

And a day without winter or people.” 


“Aye, oh, oh, I can understand 

Ye think ye cannae, but ye can!” 

Coo digs and tramples 

And soon the fence is broken 

And the rampant lion roars:


“You’re a good friend, Coo,

But I’m off to Africa

And if only I could

I’d send some summer and sun

To you and the wee thistles”. 

Copyright: This poem was recorded as part of the Mother Tongue Other Tongue project.

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About Simon Cronje from Netherlee Primary School

"The idea of this poem comes from a lion in Blair Drummond Safari Park who is not meant to be in Scotland or in a zoo. He makes friends in his new country, but he always feels that he should be somewhere else. His friend helps him to escape.

I want people to see and understand that you can look as if you fit in and get along among other people who are not like you, but there is always something that you miss about being yourself when your family is from a different country."

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