My Heart in Tonga - Ko Hoku Loto 'i Tonga

Category: Poetry Published Online Published: Saturday, 28 September 2019 Written by Richard J Bell

My Heart in Tonga

My heart will lie on the bottom of the ocean one day,
I will have seen the country I love

For it is written in ink
the history of our ancestors

It will be taught
through the hearts and the minds of those who experienced
the true love of Tonga

The family history
will live on through lineage
from our ancestors

Experiencing our culture
taught from the heart of those who experienced,
the true love of Tonga

The language will still be spoken
from our tribal tongues

Speaking the language of our ancestors
in times to come
Opening up a gateway
for our culture
to live in the hearts of the children
from the Kingdom of Tonga

Our tribal ways will be rekindled
connecting to the hearts of the lineage
from the Kingdom

In our hearts
and in our minds
the Kingdom will live on existing
through the children of the ancestors

Our culture will live on
inside our hearts
it will be rekindled
even if our heart lies in the ocean

Ko hoku loto´ ‘i Tonga

‘E toka hoku loto´ he takele ‘o ‘ōseni´ ha ‘aho,
Ka kuo´ te siofia e fonua ‘oku ‘ofa ai hoto loto´

He kuo tohi he koka´
homau tala tupu‘anga´

‘E tongi
‘i he loto mo e ‘atamai ‘o kinautolu
ne ongo‘i e ‘ofa mo‘oni ‘i Tonga´

Ko e hohoko ‘a kāinga´
‘e tu‘uloa ‘o va‘ava‘a he ko e tangata
mei homau tupu‘anga´

Taukei ai ‘i homau anga fakafonua
ne ako‘i ‘e he loto ne a‘usia,
e ‘ofa mo‘oni ‘i Tonga´

Ko e lea fakafonua´ ‘e kei ongona
mei homau ‘elelo afea´

Ngāue‘aki e lea e tupu‘a´
he laka ‘a taimi´

Fakaava ai e matapā ki homau anga fakafonua´
Ke mo‘ui he loto ‘o e hako tupu
‘o e fonua faka-Tu‘i ko Tonga´

Ko ‘emau tō‘onga fakafonua´ ‘e toe ake mai
fehokotaki ai e loto ne tukufakaholo mei Tonga´

‘I homau loto´ mo homau ‘atamai´
‘e tu‘uloa ‘a Tonga ‘i he hoko atu e
hako tupu ‘o e ‘ulumotu‘a´

‘E tolonga homau anga fakafonua´
‘i homau loto´
pea ‘e toe mo‘ui atu
neongo ‘e toka homau loto´ he moana loloto´.

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