Bewketu Seyoum. likes · talking about this. OFFICIAL FAN PAGE. Bewketu Seyoum is a novelist and poet from Ethiopia. Currently he lives in. Bewketu seyoum. See more of Ethiopian poems የኢትዬጲያ ስነ-ፅሁፍ መድረክ on Facebook. Log In. or. Create New Account. See more of Ethiopian poems. Bewketu Seyoum is a young Ethiopian writer from Gojjam, southwest of Addis Ababa. He studied psychology at Addis Ababa University and.

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I inched closer to the beggar intent on his search and employed a tone imbued with the kindness my Ethiopian-ness gives me.

It is well known that Addis Ababa ranks top amongst cities whose beggar populations seyooum beyond control. As well as a license they would receive training that would help them to learn how to distinguish themselves from the unlicensed poor. The flag is part of Poetry Jazz: What about you, do you read?

Proletarian Poetry

I was still shocked at what had just happened so I did not manage to pay full attention to the story he was telling me. He read a paragraph and returned it to its place. I tried to tell myself that my tears were for others, not for me.

I could not take it anymore and covered my nose with my hand, pretending I had been amused by something. I paid the secretary for the esyoum. This factor contributes to the negative image the rest of the world has of the country and results in the loss of respect for its people. Once out of the city, track the ousted beggars by satellite, follow their movements into the regions to establish whether or not they have returned to begging.


Having made my decision, I stood on bewkketu side of the road at Arat Kilo and began to wait.

I warned bdwketu nose: I really am making an effort to save. At one point I thought, instead of depleting my pocket of fifty per day, why not just take my own life? The owner himself brought me a Coke, his wife brought me the opener, and yet another waiter appeared with a glass.

His poetry has appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation and Callaloo.

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Subscriber Tools Renew Donate. Recruit a team of sociologists to conduct a study on the standards of beggars and grant those that are the most honest begging licenses. So I decided I would see if I could manage to die by being hit by a luxury car instead. I would indeed have to put an end to myself!

I returned to my seat while the old man was still washing his hands. The seller gave him an inquisitive look. The door opened and there was a lady inside. The old man was right; when he said this, I had no choice but to get up, wash my seyou, and join him. It would not do to break with tradition, swyoum all. Whilst Millennium celebrations are underway, beggars will wear good clothes, not rags, and those who say they do not possess such clothes will be sponsored by local garment manufacturers.


I was really hoping to secure the funding with my proposal. It was no matter, as I concluded that it was better to be driven home in comfort by a car that cost twenty thousand than to be killed by one costing half a million. In he received the best young writer award of Ethiopia from the opem.

After the bill was paid, the old man returned to sit beside me. Glossary key wot — a traditional spicy stew made from cayenne peppers Bole — an upper-class area that has commercial and residential centers berbere — a richly colored spice mixture Editorial note: Repeat the title for me again.

Now I was being tempted by his invitation as well as the smell of his food. I cried in front of the mirror for a good twenty minutes. I walked into a restaurant to rest my feet. My father is bald and looks like a miser. I am suggesting the following steps be taken: The smell of the food got stronger while my difficulties got worse.

A Poem Refracted through Three Languages. Beggars who manage not to beg from foreigners will be given special rewards.