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Chicken and Millipede
Daniel Berhane Habte
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ደርሆን ዓረዛዘነን መሓዙት እዮም ኔሮም። እንተኾነ ግና ኵሉ ግዜ ንሓድሕዶም ይወዳደሩ ነበሩ። ሓደ መዓልቲ መኖም ዝበለጸ ተጻዋታይ ከምዝኾነ ንምርኣይ ኵዕሶ እግሪ ክጻወቱ ወሰኑ።
Chicken and Millipede were friends. But they were always competing with each other. One day they decided to play football to see who the best player was.
ናብቲ ሜዳ ኵዑሶ እግሪ ብምኻድ ግጥሞም ጀመሩ። ደርሆ ፈጣን እያ ኔራ፡ ዓረዛዘነ ግና ካብኣ ይቕልጥፍ። ደርሆ ኣርሒቓ ቐሊዓ፡ ዓረዛዘነ ግና ካብ ናታ ዝርሕቕ ቀሊዑ። ደርሆ ገንጨርጨር ክትብል ጀመረት።
They went to the football field and started their game. Chicken was fast, but Millipede was faster. Chicken kicked far, but Millipede kicked further. Chicken started to feel grumpy.
ውሳነ ፍጹም ቅላዕ ክጻወቱ ደምደሙ። ደርሆ ሓንቲ ሸቶ ጥራይ ኣመዝጊባ። ሽዑ ደርሆ ሸቶ ናይ ምክልኻል ተራኣ በጺሑ።
They decided to play a penalty shoot-out. First Millipede was goal keeper. Chicken scored only one goal. Then it was the chicken’s turn to defend the goal.
ዓረዛዘነ ነታ ኵዕሶ ቀሊዑ ሸቶ ኣመዝጊቡ። ዓረዛዘነ በታ ኵዕሶ ኣሽኪዑ ሸቶ ኣመዝጊቡ። ዓረዛዘነ ኵዕሶ ብርእሱ ሃሪሙ ሸቶ ኣመዝጊቡ። ዓረዛዘነ ሓሙሽተ ሸቶታት ኣመዝገበ።
Millipede kicked the ball and scored.
Millipede dribbled the ball and scored. Millipede headed the ball and scored. Millipede scored five goals.
ደርሆ ብምስዓራ ሓሪቓ። ኣዝያ ሕማቕ ሰነፍ እያ። ዓረዛዘነ መሓዝኡ ከምዚ ኢላ ስለዝተረበጸት ክስሕቕ ጀመረ።
Chicken was furious that she lost. She was a very bad loser. Millipede started laughing because his friend was making such a fuss.
ደርሆ ካብ ምሒር ሕርቃን ኣፋ ሃህ ኣቢላ ብምኽፋት ንዓረዛዘነ ወሓጠቶ።
Chicken was so angry that she opened her beak wide and swallowed the millipede.
ደርሆ ንቤታ እናተመልሰት ከላ፡ ምስ ኣደ ዓረዛዘነ ተራኺባ። ኣደ ዓረዛዘነ ከምዚ ክትብል ሓቲታታ፡ “ወደይ’ዶ ርኢኺ?” ደርሆ ኣይመለሰትን። ኣደ ዓረዛዘነ ተሻቐለት።
As Chicken was walking home, she met Mother Millipede. Mother Millipede asked, “Have you seen my child?” Chicken didn’t say anything.
Mother Millipede was worried.
ሽዑ ኣደ ዓረዛዘነ ቀጢን ድምጺ ሰሚዓ። እቲ ድምጺ፡ “ኣደይ ሓግዝኒ!” ኢሉ ዝውጭጭ እዩ ኔሩ። ኣደ ዓረዛዘነ ኣብ ዙርያኣ እናደለየቶ ብጥንቃቐ ኣዳመጸት። እቲ ድምጺ ካብ ውሽጢ እታ ደርሆ እዩ ወጺኡ።
Then Mother Millipede heard a tiny voice. “Help me mom!” cried the voice. Mother Millipede looked around and listened carefully. The voice came from inside the chicken.
ኣደ ዓረዛዘነ ከምዚ ክትብል ጨደረት፡ “እቲ ፍሉይ ሓይልኻ ተጠቀመሉ ‘ዝ ወደይ!” ዓረዛዘነታት ሕማቕ ሽታን ግናይ መቐረትን ክገብሩ ይኽእሉ እዮም። ደርሆ ሕማም ክስመዓ ጀሚሩ።
Mother Millipede shouted, “Use your special power my child!” Millipedes can make a bad smell and a terrible taste. Chicken began to feel ill.
ደርሆ ጐሲዓ። ሽዑ ጥፍጣፋ ውሒጣ ዓኽ ጡፍ ኢላ። ብድሕሪኡ ሃንጢሳ ስዒላ። መሊሳ ስዒላ። እቲ ዓረዛዘነ ከፈንፍነካ መዓት’ዩ!
Chicken burped. Then she swallowed and spat. Then she sneezed and coughed. And coughed. The millipede was disgusting!
ደርሆ ክሳብ ነቲ ኣብ ከስዐኣ ዝነበረ ዓረዛዘነ ኡሑእ ኢላ ተውጽኦ ሰዓል ንሰዓል ኮይና። ኣደ ዓረዛዘነን ወዳን ንኽሕብኡ ፍሕዅ እናበሉ ኣብ ገረብ ደዪቦም።
Chicken coughed until she coughed out the millipede that was in her stomach. Mother Millipede and her child crawled up a tree to hide.
ካብታ ግዜ ጀሚሮም፡ ደርሆን ዓረዛዘነን ጽልእ እዮም።
From that time, chickens and millipedes were enemies.
Written by: Winny Asara
Illustrated by: Magriet Brink
Translated by: Daniel Berhane Habte