June 25, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Alem Hailu G/Kristos







Ouroboros is its own meal

The same is true with

Those from their own country that steal!


To hamstrung the incumbent

Most party members are not hesitant.


Ouroboros, they adore their party,

Which they obliviously or

Otherwise sully with

A rent-seeking identity.


They adore the incumbent

Yet they spell nation’s

Slow but sure death

Siphoning budget earmarked

For infrastructure, education,

Agriculture and health.


They adore their party

That took power

But with a dead face

That lets them, with

Nation’s wealth, take a shower.


They adore their party,

However with their bureaucratic logjams,

Create on nation’s developmental

Thrust encumbrance.

Yet they entertain

A wild dream

Their party could

Let the country

Forward advance.

They support their party

As a Scare (self-defeating) tactic

Sees better

For social justice

Requesting demonstrators

To scatter

Shooting one or two

With a sniper.

’cause what they enunciate

“We adore”

Citizens abhor

Marking it stifling and “a bore”.

Worse still

Barefaced they entertain

No shame or fear

Using ‘public media’

“I kill thee

Because I love thee!”

To din in people’s ear.






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’.

Editor review


  1. Hiwot Hailu June 27, at 21:50

    Alem, What a powerful and illuminating Poetry! The existent truth exposed confidently with out a dread of harassment is what Ethiopia as well as all humanity deserves! As you pinpointed, NO more using public media to broadcast the egocentric and sarcastic slogan, “I kill thee because I love thee!” I was living with an obnoxious feeling of impossibility asking, "Who can save Ethiopians from the crafty mauling of these devils incarnate?" My ONLY hope was the Divine intervention of the Mighty Hands of God. Now I am joyful experiencing His Word which says that He makes Pathways where there are absolutely NO possibilities of pathways in human power! Glory to Him! Dr. Abiy respectfully asked all of us to pray for and work with him. Let the God of David protect him from the enemies of One and United Ethiopia!! To live and see more wonders, let us keep on stretching our Ethiopian hands to the Lord for praise as well as supplication !!! Hiwot Hailu


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