Ethiopia Today

Sea of nostalgic generation
River of Facebook nation
In and out migration
Limited freedom of expression
No room for innovation,
But for incarceration,
Parroting, or imitation …
Strong interest in destruction,
Not in building a lasting foundation
Almost impossible to tolerate difference
And to still be friends
Lack of political moderation
Torpedoes in silent ocean

Radicals left and right
Few with a practical mission statement,
Vision, and commitment
Almost all stuck in the past …
Not too many visionaries
But plenty of revolutionary wannabes
And swarms of counterrevolutionaries,
Comrades, cadres, copycats, bullies,
Elitists, opportunists, ideologues,
Egotists, character assassins, and rogues
Relics of the bygone years

Most anachronistic
Few original or unique
Little or no political compromise
But bravado and false promise
Fake democrats
Allergic to alternative viewpoints

Almost everyone wants to lead, but few followers
Not too many look forward—thus, stagnant progress

Confused youth
Trapped in a maze …

Have we learned at all from the past:
From the red blood or feudal mindset?

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4 thoughts on “Ethiopia Today

  1. I like the poem except for the last two lines. So you label the “past” as red blood or feudal mindset do you? Correct me if I missed your meaning but there were many, many great qualities that come from the past of which you are completely unaware (I don’t mean the Dergue era). Yes, 100-500-700 yrs ago in Ethiopia cannot be summed up in this way. Unfortunately, the “Lete” politics cooked up in the heads of 19 & 20 yr olds from the 70’s seems to be everywhere. You seem to be unaware that one key element of that juvenile politics was to overwhelmingly condemn the past. No logical thinking or sane person does that kind of thing. I like the poem but the last two lines ruined it for me.

    1. Thanks Daniel for the feedback! Too bad the last lines ruined it πŸ™‚ but youve to understand the piece focuses on the political aspect of the past, & two facts stand out: Red terror (violence, civil war, “socialism”) and feudalism (slavery, serf vs landlord, king vs subject, emperor vs conquest)—as far as domestic politics is concerned.

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