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ውሃ

የደም ዝውውሬ የልቤን ትርታ
የነፍሴን እስትንፋስ የህይወቴን ቃታ
የሰውነቴ ሰውነት ተራሮች መሀል መንጭታ
በጅረቱ ተንደርድራ ፈጥና መጥታ
ጥሜን ልትቆርጥ ልትሰጠኝ እርካታ
ወጪ ሳላበዛ ሳልጨነቅባት
ጥርት ያለች ውሃ እንከን የሌለባት
በየ’ስቴቱ ላይ ፈልጌ ያጣኋት
ሲያትል ስመጣ እቤቴ አገኘኋት

ውሃ

የደም ዝውውሬ የልቤን ትርታ
የነፍሴን እስትንፋስ የህይወቴን ቃታ
የሰውነቴ ሰውነት ተራሮች መሀል መንጭታ
በጅረቱ ተንደርድራ ፈጥና መጥታ
ጥሜን ልትቆርጥ ልትሰጠኝ እርካታ
ወጪ ሳላበዛ ሳልጨነቅባት
ጥርት ያለች ውሃ እንከን የሌለባት
በየ’ስቴቱ ላይ ፈልጌ ያጣኋት
ሲያትል ስመጣ እቤቴ አገኘኋት

WATER

My bloodstream and my heartbeat
The breath of my soul and my life secret
The body of my body which comes from the mountain site
Following the thin path to quench my thirst
Without being worried and not spending a lot
Finally, I found the cleanest water in my home city, Seattle
After searching so hard in other states of the country.

Tesfaye Demisse  33, shoreline

Translated from Amharic by Samson Yirsaw

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