Kim Po Ka Ku Kong

(Version in Hokkien)

Um Mong Mong

Kim Po Ch’uay Ku Kong

Um Mong Mong

Kim Po Keo Ku Kong

Ku Kong Luan Chu Lar

Kim Po Luan Chu Sar

Ku Kong Luan Chu Long

Kim Po Luan Chu Bong

Ku Kong Kh’wna Bay Tiok

 Kim Po Chiak Lau Heoh

Ku Kong Gia Tong Kat

Kim Po Liak Bak Sat

Ku Kong Chit Eh Jiang

Kim Po Ping Pong Piang

Ku Kong Puak Loh Hai

Kim Po Kio Ai Ai!


(Version in English)

It is pitch dark

Grandaunt is looking for granduncle

It is pitch dark

Grandaunt calls for granduncle

Granduncle simply senses

Grandaunt simply grabs

Granduncle simply bumps

Grandaunt simply touches

Granduncle is blind as a bat

Grandaunt chews on betel leaves

Granduncle holds a walking stick

Grandaunt picks the fleas

Granduncle suddenly yell

Grandaunt clumsily fell

Granduncle fell into the sea

Grandaunt wail in distress.

About this rhyme:~

This traditional Hokkien rhyme describes the meaningful relationship of a loving old couple whose bond enables them to see through obstacles even when it is pitch dark. This ditty is similar to another ditty titled “Um Mong Mong

The author/owner has compiled for record, a collection of early Hokkien sayings, proverbs, rhymes and ditties to capture the essence and spirit of his hoi polloi, a community originating from the southern province of Fujian, China where individuals climbed aboard bum boats, crossing the South China Sea to settle in faraway lands to escape the brewing civil unrest and a way out from hardship carrying along with them in their journey, nothing except their trademark ponytails and their beliefs, very much rooted in Confucianism. These proverbs and sayings has always been a guide and lesson to the many who has never been to school so as to help them steer well in the river of  life and in a way, it seeks to retell their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..




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