ወይም በባዶ እግሩ
ሸው እልም የሚለው
ይሄ ሁሉ ምሁር ይሄ ሁሉ ማይም
መንገዱን የሞላው ክታችም ክላይም
ሲመላለስ እንጂ ሲደርስ አይታይም፡፡
Translations of this Poem
The road to nowhere
The one who looks to be in a hurry.
The one who looks to be quick.
The one who drives a good car.
The one who wears designer shoes
and the one who goes barefoot.
All these intellectuals and illiterates
travelling up and down the road,
overcrowding it from top to bottom.
Look how they go back and forth
and never get to their destination!
About this poem
This poem, representing Ethiopia, is part of The Written World – our collaboration with BBC radio to broadcast a poem from every single nation competing in London 2012.