Ethiopia! Do you remember?

Poems

(By ኣኽራነይ ጎልጎለይ, Updated, 10 December 2020)

ኢትዬጵያ
ናይ ውፅዓት ወኽኒ መዳጎርያ!

“Ethiopia! Do you remember me?”

“Yes, I do! How couldn’t I?
I am the river you found me dry;
Your parched throat tissue plies easy to pry;
Water! Plenty that I have &
that I don’t;
Was what you were heard cry!

I am the one; you damn know who!
That abandoned you high and dry,
Under the scorching Sun
To burn and fry!

I am the one, your beloved;
Turned fire, unleashed wild,
That went on a rampage,
You saw me consume your cottage.

I am the despair with no stoppage
That holds you hostage
And claimed your life at an earlier age!

Yes, I remember you;
How couldn’t I?
I am your mother
Who carried your protuberant belly;
Friable bones and glazing eyes,
To the gate of the hospital,
The treatment you needed just to be denied!

I am your mother,
Who stood by,
And saw you wry and die!”

“But why, oh why?”

“Because the supremacists connived,
To put me out of my rightful place
Under the sky;
I defy this, I bitterly defy,
And wanted you sooner than later –
Without fast losing your remaining dignity – to die!
Like the Dinosaurs, like the Dodoes,
In a museum people then affectionately salute you bye!”

“But why oh why you keep punishing me,
In an endless sprees,
Even when I flee on my knees
With heartless glee?

As if that old wounds are not enough to cope with
Now, doing my business on my own turf in peace
Causing no one harm or malaise
Whilst I struggle to make ends meet
You came with guns and knives
And destroyed in excess
Loved once’s lives;
What I could not cope with; I am in distress.
What has my toddler done to deserve this?”

Tigray now calls for justice!!
Such a crime ought not go unpunished!!”

ኢትዬጵያ
ናይ ውፅዓት
ወኽኒ መዳጎርያ
ወኽኒ መዳጎርያ
ተሓግ መንሽሮ ሙግያ
ናይ ትምክሕተኛታት ቐምሽ ዙርያ
ስቪሒ መቐመጫ ዝዖቨያ
ንሕና ጉያ ጉያ
ንሳተን ኸይስርሓ ዝህከያ
በቓ ንፀጋ ዘዓዲ እንታይልካያ::

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