Amharic Alphabet Poems II


Who Am I Supposed To Be?

The Captain's Speech

I’ve been staring at a blank screen for half an hour trying to think of the words that I want to say. They’re all in my head, but none of them are reaching my fingertips. So, this is my makeshift introductory paragraph and hopefully the rest of my thoughts come out. If not, it looks like an early bedtime tonight.

I always thought that after I graduated from University, my life would be mapped out ahead of me. I would be really passionate about something and find a job with ease.

I could not be more wrong.

I look around and everyone seems to know what they want to do. Everyone is passionate about something. Everyone knows what job they want and are well on their way to achieving that goal. Some have the next ten years all planned out; even marriage. Me, I don’t even know what I’m doing…

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Varken eller


För att kunna stänga
måste det först vara på
eller kanske öppet
eller kanske
varken eller?
T.ex. bara vara.
Bäst att stänga in sig
och fundera vidare.


Skrivpuff: Stänga.

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HA's Place

During the innocent childhood years, I was suggested not to eat or drink anything as long as the eclipse lasts. Along with my siblings, I would restrain myself as long as I could from breaking this notion. But I was always the one to restrain myself from believing in these superstitions and thus, I would go and eat something.

dark mole on the sun

shy away from food or drink

I sneak an almond

While mother would have gone to school, my sister would put aside some wheat to be given to the underprivileged as alms, who would come after the eclipse, banging steel utensils asking for some or the other charitable thing.

banging heard

the sun has come free

donate wheat


* For Carpe Diem # 311. It is the first anniversary of Carpe Diem. Congratulations to Kristjaan and all the contributors.

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Time to Bloom

michele muses

Time to BloomFor all of us, not just this tree, there’s a time to lay low (dormant), and a time to bloom. Perhaps that’s why we really appreciate the first colourful, vibrant buds — a glimpse of nature’s rich palette.

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