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Where Hummingbirds Come From
Comment sont nés les colibris

Bilingual French-English Where Hummingbirds Come From

Translated by Yakeen Herve Rafalli

It was a cold winter day.
C’était une froide journée d’hiver.

The snow was falling outside
La neige tombait, dehors

and grandmother was in her chair by the fireplace.
et grand-mère était dans son fauteuil, auprès de la cheminée.

She had that far away look she gets sometimes.
Elle avait ce regard lointain, cela lui arrive parfois.

I crawled up into her lap hoping for a story.
J’ai grimpé sur ses genoux, dans l’espoir d’entendre une histoire.

She wrapped her arms around me and said,
Elle m’a enlacée et m’a dit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Hummingbirds Come From

"When I was a little girl
“Quand j’étais toute petite

just like you,
tout comme toi,

my grandmother told me about some magic waters."
ma grand-mère m’a parlé des eaux magiques.”