This list is constantly being updated. Language—"word" (peace)—Country. I am trying to make it as comprehensive and accurate as possible. Contact Kimberly Burnham with any questions, comments, corrections or additional words.
When Laws Collide, Mägaya Peace In Yolngu or Yolŋu Australia (Memory Exercises)
one of the first words we learn
a woman in Yirrkala tells
a legal term meaning the state of peace
achieved when laws are in place
If you've ever been down to a lake
or the sea in the morning
it's perfectly flat
that's " mägaya mäwaya "
Law creates that peace
you are protected
everything is "ŋoy-dharraḏa"
at peace calm
and burrmiḏi peaceful
or "mutitj" calm and peaceful
"beḻaŋ" calm and quiet
But when two systems of law
operate in one community
tranquility is not
the new conflicts
with law and order
that's been there
for 40,000 years
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Visualize a body of water at peace. What does the surface look like? What color are the water and the sky? Are there other people or animals around? Is the water moving or completely still?
Does adding a vowel make a language
there is a saying
the difference between a dialect and a language
a language has an army
Is "pokój" peace in Polish
so different from
"pokoju" peace in Silesian
with it's extra vowel sound
No one agrees whether
Silesian is a dialect of Polish
or a separate language
influenced by Polish and German
"Pokój" is also peace in Upper Sorbian
or the Wendish spoken in Germany
and in Slovak uttered in Slovakia
same words different languages
And then there is an extra consonant
"spokoj" peace in Bosnian
which most agree
is a different language
Pokoju in Silesian (Poland)
"Pokoju" (peace) in Silesian spoken in Poland (Silesian Voivodeship, Opole Voivodeship) and Czech Republic (Moravia–Silesia, Jeseník).
"Pokój" (peace) in Upper Sorbian (Wendish) spoken in Germany
"Pokój" (peace) in Polish spoken in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia.
"Pokój" (peace) in Slovak spoken in Slovakia.
"Spokoj" (peace) in Bosnian spoken in Bosnia.
Poem by Kimberly Burnham on Poemhunter
Caribbean mother's sang to their babies
angry merchants shouted
tribesman negotiated in so many
different now forgotten languages
obscured by the words rolling off
the tongues of
French traders and Dutch merchants
Spanish now voiced by the most
on the largest
Cuba and Dominican Republic
where men and women discuss Paz
Peace in English the state language of many
Barbados, British Virgin Islands,
Cayman Islands, Dominica,
Jamaica and all the Saints,
sharing Puerto Rico with Spanish
On the compass points peace in European
languages standing strong in the Caribbean
Spanish pas to the West and Central
English peace to the North and East
French paix sharing the East and Central
Dutch vrede to the South
Mother's chant paix to their babies in Haiti,
Martinique, Guadeloupe, and St. Martin.
Vrede in Dutch full of good intentions in
Curacao, St Maarten and tiny islands
Indigenous languages buried deep
some pushing up expanding
a few lay dying
several birthing a new
Note: Mir or Мир or Mip (peace) in Russian and Russian influenced languages spoken in Russia (Europe & Asia), Ukraine, Serbia, Czech Republic, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Montenegro, Macedonia, Moldova, Estonia, Latvia Lithuania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Gerogia, Central Asia, Croatia, Slovenia, Poland and beyond.
Mir Peace, A Word Study In Humanity's Connections
Poem by Kimberly Burnham on Poemhunter
Disguised in Cyrilic
unfamiliar Russian letters
мир mir mip means peace
as Russia and the Ukraine
struggle against each
the same word waiting between
Ancient records evidence
mir peace in Serbia dances
across the page dressed in a Cyrillic alphabet
Roman letters marching to the same beat as English
Arabic script flowing peace from right to left
Mir peace in the Czech Republic
words of peace in Bulgaria
Montenegro and Macedonia
Bulgarian mir spoken in hope-filled tones
in Bulgaria TurkeyRomania
Russian mir given voice in so many lands
Moldova Belarus Estonia
Georgia and Central Asia
mir to all in these lands
In Croatia mir written in Roman letters
familiar to a Westerner
words still in Croatian and Czech
again mir in Slovene
peace moves on an out breath
in Slovenia Austria and Italy
mir peace borrowed by the Portuguese
Mir a common Muslim family name
in Pakistan Bangladesh and India
a short form of Arabic's Amir prince
Hebrews' Amir exalted summit of a tree
while old Polish personal names miron
hold fast to the elements of peace quiet esteem
Miron or myron from myrrh
a fragrant resin incense perfume
wafts over the land
lubomir loves peace in Polish
miroslav a peace celebration
casimir the Polish bringer of peace
miro medieval personal names
of Germanic origin border on
the French variant of mire
all the while
zamir for peace in slavonic
resembles a common male Muslim name
heart or conscience
Russion мир also means world
the perspective of a village
nestled in a beautiful countryside
local people live in communal proximity
sharing limited resources
heat in harsh winters
exclusion from the mir
almost certain death
Mir the name of a space station
peacefully floating in the air we all breath
over a land we share
"ǂxãĩ-b" (peace, to be peaceful) or "!nó" or "!nō" (to be quiet, silent) in !Ora, a language spoken in South Africa
ǂxãĩ-b in !Ora (South Africa)
"ǂxãĩ-b" (peace, to be peaceful) or "!nó" or "!nō" (to be quiet, silent) in !Ora, an extinct South African language. It is one of three branches of the Southern African Khoisan languages. Two main varieties have been distinguished: the first includes the extinct South African languages !Ora and Gri.
!Ora is a language with clicks. [ ǂ ], [ ʃ ], older variant, the double-barred esh [ ʄ ] represents a palatal click. The palatal or palato-alveolar clicks are a family of click consonants found in African languages. The tongue is nearly flat, and is pulled back rather than down.
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