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Kema I'iee (Kardii)

Jayelinda Suridge


The snow glows white on the mountain tonight, not a footprint to be seen.

Den’iaan lo tahi i’iee fiva lo a. Tastu faska lo vin pa.

(The mountain is so bright white in this snow. This single trail of footprints is mine)


A kingdom of isolation and it looks like I'm the queen.

Ty daajnaa isawi sawa. Pa ty raapi isi a.

(It is an empty, lonely kingdom. It seems I am the Queen)


The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside.

Koaana pa a istee ky jeline kel.

(The wild wind can hardly be heard above my despair)


Couldn't keep it in, Heaven knows I tried.

Lenakicha tuii, i'iemaan d'tacha tel.

(I did not hide it, even though I always tried)


Don't let them in, don't let them see. Be the good girl you always have to be.

Arimake. Ki miri fy. Tyke kathii krurra tyse dy.

(Hold it back. You have no chance. Be the good child you have to be)


Conceal don't feel, don't let them know. Well, now they know!

Iilkana ki sanivraan i’ia. An tavi cha!

(Your secret wasn’t concealed enough. They found out!)


Let it go, let it go. Can't hold it back anymore.

Kema i’iee! Kema i’iee! E arima te kalin ay tuii.

(Letting go! Letting go! I don’t want to meekly hold back again)


Let it go, let it go. Turn away and slam the door.

Kema i’iee! Kema i’iee! Pa kevako elta chii.

(Letting go! Letting go! I will never close up1)


I don't care what they're going to say.

Vari tuii ty sy an rrusii.

(I don’t care what they will say)


Let the storm rage on. The cold never bothered me anyway.

Tad e bay ksoi vres i’iemin tia ches e nokata tuii.

(Even if the thunder may rumble soon, the cold wind is not painful)


It's funny how some distance, makes everything seem small.

Rreelia ty ksia deja dan i tira i'iee.

(It’s interesting that everything seems so small far away)


And the fears that once controlled me, can't get to me at all

Kin kalina vin e tria pa, neda ami a ty ksee.

(and the fears that control me are only many when they’re near)


It's time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through.

Sitarri a, pa edeska ha? E dapa chii vasuna pa.

(Truly, how skilled am I? I will test my ability)


No right, no wrong, no rules for me. I'm free!

E ty j'tan tuii. Litema vin. Pa riin!

(There are no rules. I am released. I am free!)


Let it go, let it go. I am one with the wind and sky.

Kema i’iee! Kema i’iee! Dan kin aara esif pa dtay.

(Letting go! Letting go! I race between the peak and the sky)


Let it go, let it go. You'll never see me cry.

Kema i’iee! Kema i’iee! E n’keda elta ay.

(Letting go! Letting go! I will never cry again)


Here I stand, and here I'll stay. Let the storm rage on.

Aka chii dutehen i. Tad e bay ksoi vres.

(I will go on resolutely. The thunder may rumble soon.)


My power flurries through the air into the ground.

Du'inoa pa e dtay awena i raa ri.

(My power speeds through the air to the earth)


My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around.

J'taachi pa e jani sesai'iit ches fiva i.

(My soul flies in cold, frozen swirling patterns)


And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast

Finari vin adatii miska tahi a.

(A crystal of revelation in the bright white light)


I'm never going back; the past is in the past!

E i'iarumachii tuii. Enuja chinta a!

(I will not go back. The past is in the past!)


Let it go, let it go. And I'll rise like the break of dawn.

Kema i’iee! Kema i’iee! Pa ty ensii vin kathii vor.

(Letting go! Letting go! I am more than just some child)


Let it go, let it go. That perfect girl is gone

Kema i’iee! Kema i’iee! Kerachii pretnee tor.

(Letting go! Letting go! I will rise like the sun)


Here I stand, in the light of day.

Aka chii miska vin svu i.

(I will go on in the light of day. )


Let the storm rage on! The cold never bothered me anyway.

Tad e bay ksoi vres i’iemin tia ches e nokata tuii.

(Even if the thunder may rumble soon, the cold wind is not painful)



1 “Close up” as a flower does. The opening of a flower is another sense of the word “kema”, in the previous line (and title).

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