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All in my Thought

Here is a poem, “All in My Thought”, composed by Giddi Abamegal, an Oromo refugee in Kenya and published in Tilting Cages:A Collection of Refugee Writings, edited by Noomi Flutter and Cari Solomon, reflecting the predicaments of exile.

     In front of my tilting cage,

     that litle hut of plastics,

     so not to suffer from loneliness,

     I traveled far and wide,

     all in my thought.

    I went back to the remote past,

    our home and its vicinities,

    grandma and her stories

   of my great-grandmother,

   those mighty warriors    from whom I inherited

   intolerance and pride.

   I traveled far and wide,

   all in my thought.

    I went far into the future,

    into my dreams and high hopes.

    To see what was there,

    where this changeles passage of time,

    where this endless kick of my heels,

    could possibly one day lead.

     I traveled far and wide,

     All in my thought

     I also traveled to eternity,

     to see my soul at the end of the mess.

   I traveled far and wide,

   all in my thought.

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  1. abebual
    August 11, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    Beautiful!

  2. Maraki
    August 14, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    A simple yet nice poem.
    The line on pride and intolerance reminds a true image of one who goes hungry while staying proud and the intolrant lot who shouts Akaki Zeraf when his pride is wounded.Very expressive.

  3. August 17, 2007 at 5:36 am

    Beautiful. Thanks for bringing it to us.

  4. August 28, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    this is a beautiful poem!
    like Maraki the part about pride touched me a lot too!

  5. Tahir
    April 9, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    reminds me of those time when I was in refugee camp in Somalia…..ayyyyy, such really nice peom … Thanks to the artist and to those who edited and made it possible to be viewed……..

  6. Tahir
    April 9, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    *poem

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