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What is it like to sing thinking of one's country? Remembering the old days, looking through discolored memory, while you are surrounded by a strange culture, in strange land. One of my all-time favorite singer, Gigi, chants about 'Balewashintu', in which she reminiscences about the 'Washint" player from her native Godjam. Despite the fact she found herself in cosmopolitan New York, she demonstrates her affectionate and nostalgic feelings when she envisaged the musician playing his flute. For Gigi, exile seems loss of freedom to return to things and places familiar.

But there is also different kind of exile, according to a veteran poet and political activist, Hama Tuma, who is also living 'in the other part of the world.' 

  His 'exile' doesn't compel owning a passport or a visa, or leaving for a far off place. Here is the excerpt,

When memory fades

       and you forget what joy ever meant

When " home" becomes a mirage

            an illusion to haunt you in the dark

That's when exile really begins

Desolation in the interior of your mind.

                                        ' Of spades and Ethiopians '

Don't you think those trying to give us the exact figure of those "Living in Exile ' should reconsider? Perhaps, there are a lot more than they imagined.

Categories: poems
  1. Getnet Melaku
    May 29, 2006 at 3:12 pm

    Where do i get z book?

  2. zion
    May 29, 2006 at 3:54 pm

    Hi, buddy this is better than the first one.Keep it up.

  3. ene
    August 1, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    Living in Exile………..it gave me somethin in my heart.every ethiopian is livin in exile.we sing about our home land,about workin livin in ethiopia bud where are we?where r u?lets take aster…and so much more,musicans,doctors,professors….they said that they love their home land but after a 2 week visit they migrate again.the politicians they live out of ethiopia and they song hate ful songs for the real ethiopian youth.they didnt matter what happened by thier poletics,they eat hot dogs they sing ethiopian politics but they live their not here.every ethiopian today thinks to migrate to batter countries like usa,europe,australia south africa,and finally to damn areb countries.
    we all live in exile.

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