Dzaiva nhungo dzava mbariro.

Word Definitions

nhungo: upright roof poles

mbariro: thin or split poles that go round binding together the upright roof poles of the traditional hut

Translation

What used to be beams are now laths.

Inspiration

The main roof poles are larger and more hard-wearing than the thinner poles used for binding.

Application

Circumstances sometimes change for the worse and even that which was important could lose its worth. Sometimes you will encounter a poor man who used to be rich.

Similar Proverbs

1. Aiva madziva ava mazambuko.

2. Aiva maguta ava matongo.