ሥጋህ ይመዘናል ለገበያ ይቀርባል ደምህ ይወቀሳል ዘርህ ይቆጠራል የቆዳህ ቀለም ወይ በር ያስከፍታል ወይ ያዘጋብሃል ኑሮን ስትታገል ሲኖርህ ሰው ታፈራለህ ስታጣ አስታዋሽ የለህ ሲሳካ ፈላጊህ ብዛቱ ስትከሽፍ ብቸኝነቱ መኖርን ትኖራለህ ተስፋ ሆኖ ምግብህ   የሰውነትህ ዳገት ቁልቁለቱ እስከ ሞት እኔነትህ ተፈትጎ ተበጥሮ ተወቅጦ ተለስኖ ተመርጎ ተወቅሮ ተለንቅጦ ስቀህ አልቅሰህ ጠግበህ ተርበህ አፍቅረህ ጠልተህ ናፍቀህ ረስተህ ጉዞ ወደፊት…   *** Advertisements Continue reading ሰውነት


Anthills of the Savannah

The following piece is based on my reading of the first chapter of “Anthills of the Savannah,” a satirical book that the Pan African Chinua Achebe wrote and published in the 1980s, inspired by events in his homeland. The Washington Post praised the book: “Achebe has written a story that sidesteps both ideologies of the African experience and political agendas, in order to lead us … Continue reading Anthills of the Savannah


The Whisper

Smash the brick wall Exit the ghost town The concrete jungle Blue square Uneven lines Dull canvas Spiral thoughts Forget about it Drive away, my son Down the rabbit hole Up the hill of the rising sun Go on, my little one My prayer shall protect you Providence shall guide you And love shall find you The beautiful whisper Of my mother’s blessing Always there … Continue reading The Whisper


Poem of the Day

The following Afaan Oromo poem is written by Moti Abelti Tufa. One of our readers forwarded it to us. Moti wrote the poem to express his happiness that Afaan Oromo will join the BBC World Service programming as one of the languages from the Horn of Africa, along with Amharic and Tigrigna. The poem celebrates those who participated in the #BBCAfaanOromo online petition, asking the … Continue reading Poem of the Day


Your Star

Your dream is the twinkling star Born on that same beautiful day you were born It is the light that shines when you are feeling down It is the glimmer of hope that emerges when you are thinking alone  Your dream is your star And your heart is the sky Never let go your dream  Hold on to your star as you say bye to … Continue reading Your Star