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lama staaling le suodeyam mueqi
  alala lama eloketu byam
lama helung slobeqi bender esper
  kung lama kuku haa le pepe
lama laak xanjeqi yi snaal
  ax lama baa
zor zing ubeveqi lama tel le honqu nomod ee?



This is a direct translation from the original to Demuan. While the
Demuans are familiar with the general concept of birds (lama tel), they
don't have native words for the three species mentioned, so I merely
transliterated the words. 'lama; has been used extensively here, as the
entire poem is talking in abstract tems. Here's an interlinear:

lama staaling le suodeyam mueqi alala lama eloketu byam
[G] starling 's song speak-fut about [G] heroic deed

lama helung slobeqi bender esper kung lama kuku haa le pepe
[G] heron wash-fut self's[p] feather using [G] early day 's rain

lama laak xanjeqi yi snaal ax lama baa
[G] lark worship-fut the[p] star at [G] night

zor zing ubeveqi lama tel le honqu nomod ee?
therefore who can-see-fut [G] bird 's true essence [Q]?


these two dont really translate:
[G] the general concept of x
[Q] question word

Dictionary available on request, although the gloss should cover it
all. -qi is a simpe future tense inflection.

---
Fabian
Rule One: Question the unquestionable,
ask the unaskable, eff the ineffable,
think the unthinkable, and screw the inscrutable.