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‘Tekemechie’ by Yohannes Admasu

It’s Friday, as good a day as any for an incisive Amharic poem by Yohannes Admasu (1927-1975) about a man interrupted during the act of contemplation. He is sitting in a contemplative mood in a solitary room, listening to sad and melancholic music. A cigarette between his fingers, the smoke has become his companion, so he says. The music and the smoke set him in a mood to release his inner feelings, the echoes of the heart. The following lines convey cloudiness with references to blood and poison. While in the middle of that inner search, there came an unwelcome knock at the door. The beauty of the smoke and the rhythm of the music are brought to a standstill. I liked the poem because of the way it evokes the man’s inner search and celebrates contemplation, silence, solitude.

  1. Tebai
    September 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks for sharing the poem. I’m a great fan of Yohannes. Reading his collection of poems, “Eskitetyeku”, I’ve come to realize that how much great compassion he has for humanity, for generations of people and what they have suffered.

  2. Alem
    September 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Reminded me of Poe’s The Raven.

    Once upon a midnight dreary,
    while I pondered weak and weary,
    Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
    As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

  3. rahel
    September 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I love ethiopian poets, so deep in and moving! I fail to see this poets are fading away now days no rooms left to see them rise.

    • yalew tadesse
      May 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      by the way if you are ready to read Ethiopian poetry i will give you one lovely poetry book which is written by one of the famous poetry writer the so called poet
      assistant professor debebe seifu!!

  4. yihenew melese
    February 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I really wonder why YOHANNES ADMASUś poem is not republished.Guys who want us not to read him have taken the copy right.OFFENDING!

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