lipu Pona la: kasi nanpa 53 pi lipu Nasin Pona
|If I had just a little bit of wisdom
|I should walk the Great Path and fear only straying from it.
|Though the Way is quite broad
|People love shortcuts.
|The court is immaculate,
|While the fields are overgrown with weeds,
|And the granaries are empty.
|They wear silk finery,
|Carry sharp swords,
|Sate themselves on food and drink
|Having wealth in excess.
|They are called thieving braggarts.
|This is definitely not the Way.