March 2, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Alem Hailu G/Kristos




A 180-degree turn



The revolutionary ardent

Bordering on a prophet

For democracy’s advent,

Upon grabbing

The rein of power,

With a superb

Acrobatic bent,

For a tyranny

An example set

For political thugs

To emulate.





Fresh two decades later



Although fate,

Distance and time

Cruelly put asunder

You an indifferent girl

And I, a self conscious

Boy lover,

Two decades later,

I saw you

A mesmeric lady

With a son

And a daughter,

Full of life

And laughter.


Once again,

Your voice

In my cloud


Rang a bell

To a paradise

That could change

A hell!






Alem Hailu G/Kristos

A published poet, novelist, editor, translator of masterpieces, literary critic, playwright and journalist from Ethiopia. M.A holder in literature, Addis Ababa University.

Looking for a traditional publisher of a collection of poems. My novel: ‘Hope from the debris of hopelessness’.

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  1. Hiwot Hailu March 06, at 03:08

    Impressive poems! Alem, keep up the excellent job of depicting the Ethiopian culture, way of life and thinking by the power of your artistic writing. I praise the lord who abundantly gifted you in writing both in English and Amharic.

  2. Addisalem Mulat March 02, at 10:47

    Ethiopian poets that pen down poems that reflect our outlooks and observations in the English language are finger counted . Alem deserves a pat on the back for his ambassadorial role in this regard.He write interesting poems.


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