Proverb: Hard ears pickney must feel. Or, Hard ears pickney dead a sun hot.
Translation: Children who do not hear will be punished.
Explanation: When a person is not willing to listen to and follow sound advice, there’s usually a consequence that they must pay.
Proverb: Want it want it can’t get it, and get it get it no want it.
Translation: Those who want something are usually not able to get it, while the ones who do have it, usually do not want it.
Explanation: People don’t always appreciate what they have. Instead they waste time lusting after something that someone else has.
Proverb: Chicken merry, hawk deh near
Translation: When the chicken is happy, there’s usually a hovering hawk nearby.
Explanation: Danger can usually be found where you least expect it. Therefore, when we are most light-hearted, that’s when we need to be most temperate .
Proverb: If yuh cut me yuh wouldn’t find no blood.
Translation: If you cut me you wouldn’t find any blood.
Explanation: The speaker is feeling so annoyed that everything froze.