Rũrĩ itara rũthekaga rũrĩ riko.

Rũrĩ itara rũthekaga rũrĩ riko.

Variant Proverb(s)
Karĩ itara gathekaga karĩ riko.

Literal translation
The firewood that is on the attic laughs at that is already in the fire.

Other Kikuyu proverb(s) with similar or related meaning
Hururu ĩthekaga rwaro.
Mũhu ũthekaga ira.
Mũigua ũthekagĩrĩra cong’e.
Mũngei ũthekaga mũthũnga.
Mũthũnga ũthekaga cong’e.
Nyũngũ ĩthekaga rũgĩo.

Equivalent Proverbs
Today You; Tomorrow Me

Contextual Notes

“Itara” may mean the entire Kikuyu hut or the trellis of twigs suspended a short distance above the fire-place in the hut; and that is meant to prevent sparks from spreading to the thatched roof.

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