1. Haadha dhabuu mannaa haadha dhabduu wayyaa.
Having a destitute mother is better for one than not having
For women and children,
A wife whose husband is not at home (around) goes to condole the death of
When he was allowed to whip whoever he can, the husband returned home and whipped his wife.
When a woman has decided to go to
A husband that fears his wife can not father a child.
Males endure even (the pains of) spear.
A woman that dominates her husband will not at all value her neighbors.
A male is an iron pillar of a house whereas a female is the (outside) gate that belongs to others.
It is the man (the possessor) who should manage his horse as well as his wife.
11. Namni beera koorse galgala qorsoo nyaata, namini farad koorse galgala kooraa bataa.
One who has spoiled his wife eats
Women and donkeys do not complain about
13. ‘Wal fi
‘We have nearly tormented each other. Please, take us apart.’ said a man at his defeat.
Women, their hearts sway just like their breasts.
Women know grinding, but not where to stop.
16. Harreen moonaan qabdu moonaa loonii galti, beerti da’oon qabdu da’ oo dhiiraa gali.
Just as donkeys do not have their own kraal (and thus inhabit in that of cattle), women do not have their own abode (and thus dwell in that of men).
Women are bulky, but not great.
A kind-hearted daughter does not marry without
20. Hadhaa fi
Mother and water have no evil.
You are weak and shaky. I am
A woman whom her husband has spoiled slides from
Better a hollow wife than a desolate house.
By Arap Doyo