The singing pumpkins: A story told by Linly Mpotalinga


This is what they told

There was a husband and wife. They had a very big farm and they planted different kind of crops. Pumpkins were also there. When the crops were ripe, thieves tried to steal them but it was impossible. Anytime a thief tried to touch a pumpkin, it started to sing.

One day when thieves went to steal some crops from the field, one of the them touched a pumpkin and it immediately started to sing:

Is it your mother who has sent you? In the field there are guards (X3)
 Is it your mother who has sent you? In the field there are guards (X3)
 Let me pick this pumpkin! No! Not this one what about this one?
No! Not this one; in the field there are guards

Having heard the pumpkin sing , the thieves got scared and ran away. They decided to go and report to the police about the singing pumpkin. The Policemen did not believe the news and just ignored it.

Another group of thieves went to the same field to steal pumpkins. They also got scared and ran away after hearing the pumpkins sing. They went to call the army soldiers. The soldiers came carrying their guns and followed the thieves to the field. When they reached there, one of the army soldiers tried to touch a pumpkin and It began to sing.

Is it your mother who has sent you? In the field there are guards (X3)
 Is it your mother who has sent you? In the field there are guards (X3)
 Let me pick this pumpkin! No! Not this one what about this one?
No! Not this one; in the field there are guards

The army soldiers were surprised to hear this. They therefore took their guns and shot down the pumpkins. They just saw a lot of maggots coming out from the pumpkins.

Recorded by Author  17.07.2016, Singano village, Malawi

 

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