Poetry

Come to Ethiopia

Come to Ethiopia

If nostalgia beset your mind
Come to Ethiopia
A cradle of mankind!

Come to Ethiopia
With no hesitation
Ancient civilisation
Will engross your attention!

Before identity quest
You smother
Come to Ethiopia ’cause
Lucy, your great,
Great grandmother
You could watch closer!
A melting pot of
Over 80 ethnic groups, who
With cordial hospitality,
Will embrace you
Without standing to ceremony
Or formality.

Come to Ethiopia
A mosaic of culture
A true place for adventure!

If you need
An original taste of
Coffee Arabica
Come to Ethiopia
A beacon light to Africa
To freedom fighters
Up to America.

Come to Ethiopia
You will meet there
People who have to borrow
Valour from nowhere!

Come to Ethiopia
Triggering no
Feelings of discomfort
Mosques churches abut.

Come to Ethiopia
In a way that description defy
A church by a Muslim name goes by!

Come to Ethiopia
An exemplary country
To deter common enemy
To spur development
In a spectacular bent
Muslims and Christians unite!

Come to Ethiopia
Whose name in The Bible
Times beyond number bubble!

Come to Ethiopia
For his persecuted
Followers, the Prophet
Mohammed a high-heaven marked!
As a tourism goal
You could visit Harar Wall
For world Muslims
The holiest city
On the row four!

Come to Ethiopia
Now on the path of renaissance
Mutual regional growth and
A sustainable peace
Are whose unwavering stance!

Come to Ethiopia
A country with its own
Alphabet and calendar!
Of course you will wonder
When you get
Yourself eight years younger!

Come to Ethiopia
To feast your eyes
On breathtaking waterfalls
Scenery and greenery
God-hand-made caves
Endemic animals and birds
Live volcanoes
Obelisks and
Rock-hewn churches.
What is more
Konso terrace
And Ivangadi
A spectacular
Traditional dance!

Come to Ethiopia
Aside from adventure,
You could collect
Invincible athletes
And successful Olympians’
Signature!
Your souvenir picture
With them you may capture!
Of course
You can board Ethiopian
That was there when
The horizon of aviation history
We scan.

Come to Ethiopia
The celebration of
The finding of the true cross
The pilgrimage
To Sheik Hussein Mosque
And epiphany
Have no parallels by any
On top of that 13 months sunny!

Come to Ethiopia
To enjoy
A teff-made
Flat bread organic
Found not carcinogenic!
You will gather
Like coffee
Teff and its bread chemistry
Age-old, with it, that were there,
Are blessings
To the rest of the world
Ethiopia proffer!

Come to Ethiopia
If you want to understand
What is meant
By black pride!

If you care about class
There are hotels shining with stars!


Author bio
By Alem Hailu G/Kristos

Mr Alem Hailu is a published author from Ethiopia. He is a poet, novelist, translator, editor and journalist. He has a MA in literature from Addis Ababa University. Currently he is Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Ethiopian Herald. He is an active participant of different poetry blogs such as www.poemhunter.com, www.poetrypoems.com and www.allpoetry.com. Most of his poems appear in the art and culture columns of various newspapers. His published works include A Vent to Stifled Emotions: A Cocktail of Poems (Trafford, ISBN 978-1-4907-5675-2 (Sc) ISBN 978-1-4907-5674-5 (e)). His novel Hope from the Debris of Hopelessness and poetic drama In the Vortex of Passion’s Wind (United, ISBN 978-3-7103-2109-2) are in the pipeline. He is 40 and lives with his parents.

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