ፀሐይ ትወጣለች ይህም ያልፍና!

ልብ የሚያደማ ሐዘን
የወንድም አንገት ሲቀላ
በአረመኔ ሰው ቢላ!

እጅግ የሚያስመርር ሰቀቀን
እህት እንደወጣች ስትቀር
ሳያልፍላት በባዕድ ምድር!

ህዝብ ሲቆጣ፣ ሲያለቅስ
ስሜቱ ፈንቅሎ እየወጣ
እንባ አባሽ መሪ ግን አጣ!

ለነገሩ የሚገርፍ፣ የሚከርችም
የህዝብን ድምፅ የሚያፍን
እንዴት ብሎ እንባ አባሽ ይሁን?!

በብዕር የታገለውን፣ በሽብር ስም
ወህኒ ቤት ውስጥ ያጎረ መንግስት
ለዙማና ኣይሲስ ከየት ሊያመጣ ስሜት?!

ልብ የሚያቆስል ግፍ
በሀገር ውስጥ፣ ከሀገር ውጭ
የወጣት ተስፋ ሲቀጭ፤

በንዴት የሚያንሰፈስፍ
የህይወት ፈተና
ፀሐይ ትወጣለች ይህም ያልፍና!

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Written in memory of fellow Ethiopians who were tortured and murdered in foreign lands this week — a very sad and dark week: Xenophobic attacks in South Africa; bombings in Yemen; hundreds of migrants feared dead after boat that carried 700 people capsized in the Mediterranean; 28-30 (three of them Eritreans) beheaded and shot by ISIS mercenaries in Libya! And to add salt to the wounds, the Ethiopian government’s response has been embarrassing! It is not surprising that a “corrupt leadership only cares when its existence is at risk.”

But the best answer
To all the violence
And the coward mercenaries
Who prey on the weak
Is showing them our willpower
To overcome and rise again
And to strengthen our humanity!
Showing them that
They can’t normalize fear!
They may kill the body
But never our collective spirit!
They may use shock tactics
And evil graphics

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But we shall arise
And shall defeat these dark forces
Including poverty and bad governance
Which are the root causes, pushing our folks to take desperate risks!

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