The proverbs of a culture are often a great way to gain insight on a foreign culture as they can usual reveal part of the collective conscious of a group and open your eyes to their beliefs and morality. Romani proverbs are very metaphoric and allegorical in that they are never directly talking about what is being indirectly implied. Many Romani proverbs have to do with poverty or being in bad situations, most likely due to the poor hand they have been dealt by the predominant cultures in the areas they have immigrated to. However these are often related to striving to overcome these problems for example: “A righteous man will profit even in a poor town.” This profit is stating that even in bad conditions out of one’s control, a good man can prosper and survive. Also, “A dog that wanders will find a bone.” Meaning that those who put effort into bettering their situation, will reap what they sow.
I have chosen to write my poem about the Romani proverb, “A dog that wanders will find a bone.” This proverb reflects the idea that those who work hard will be rewarded. This saying shows the strength of spirit in the many Romani people today who still fight for equality and for the survival of their culture in spite of the fact that they have been systemically put at a disadvantage for a millennia. The proverb also strikes a personal note with me. In the past several months of taking college classes and working for a couple of years prior, I have come to the realization that the idea of “Good things come to those who wait” is completely untrue. The dogs that wander truly are the ones who find the bone.