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የውሃ ብሶት

አምና እንዳሳለፍነው….ከባህሩ ዳርቻ
 ዛሬም በቀጠሮ ….ሄድኩና ለብቻ
 ውሃን አገኘሁት…ሚስጥሬን ላጋራ
 ያለኝን ሳላስቀር ….ሁሉንም ላወራ::
 ድሮ የማውቀው ውሃ.…አሁን ግን ደፍርሷል
 መልኩ ተጎሳቁሎ….ውበቱ ገርጥቷል
 ለምን እንደሆነ …ምክንያቱን ስጠይቅ
 እንባ እያነቀው….አጫወተኝ በጭንቅ
 እንዲህ ደም ግባቱ … ወዘናው የጠፋው
 ውስጡ ተበክሎ…..ዘይት የሚተፋው
 በሰው ልጆች ጥፋት …መሆኑን ተረዳው::

የውሃ ብሶት

አምና እንዳሳለፍነው….ከባህሩ ዳርቻ
 ዛሬም በቀጠሮ ….ሄድኩና ለብቻ
 ውሃን አገኘሁት…ሚስጥሬን ላጋራ
 ያለኝን ሳላስቀር ….ሁሉንም ላወራ::
 ድሮ የማውቀው ውሃ.…አሁን ግን ደፍርሷል
 መልኩ ተጎሳቁሎ….ውበቱ ገርጥቷል
 ለምን እንደሆነ …ምክንያቱን ስጠይቅ
 እንባ እያነቀው….አጫወተኝ በጭንቅ
 እንዲህ ደም ግባቱ … ወዘናው የጠፋው
 ውስጡ ተበክሎ…..ዘይት የሚተፋው
 በሰው ልጆች ጥፋት …መሆኑን ተረዳው::

THE SORROW OF WATER

As I used to do it before
I went to the sea shore…
And played with water.
And started sharing my secret
Being ready to enjoy at my best.
But the water was not as I expected…
It looked weak and sad
because of the pollution caused by man.

Samson Yirsaw Getenet, Bothell

Translated from Amharic by the poet

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FIRST POEM I was 8. The poem is in the form of asking my mother how I was born. It was left with a question mark at the end.
FAVORITE POETRY FORM Short rhyme poems.
DEAREST BODY OF WATER Awash River (in Ethiopia).

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