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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Being that as it was, I walked to Arat Kilo today.

Bewketu Seyoum – Modern Poetry in Translation

It would not do to break with tradition, after all. Subscriber Tools Renew Donate. 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. It is well known that Addis Ababa ranks top amongst cities whose beggar populations are beyond control. If any licensed beggars are found idling or attempting to beg in places outside of the designated begging stations, their begging licenses will be instantly revoked.

Honest beggars would have begging stations opened up for them and be allowed to beg on several major avenues in central Addis Ababa as well as on a few of the roads that spread themselves widely across the capital.

Not a young lady, exactly, but nor would it be appropriate to label her old. I was so saddened I gave him ten birr and he went immediately to a shop nearby and bought a flashlight with the money I gave him. In he received the best young writer award of Ethiopia from the president.


Then he came back to the dumpster and resumed his search. 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. His poetry has appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation and Callaloo. Recruit a team of sociologists to conduct a study on the standards of beggars and grant those that are the most honest begging licenses.

The old man was right; when he said this, I had no choice but to get up, wash my hands, and join him. The door opened and there was a lady inside. poemm

Bewketu Seyoum with Translator, Cheryl Moskowitz

The project would cost a few hundred thousand birr. Plenty of worthwhile things are thrown into the dumpsters of restaurants in Bole, but the dumpsters of restaurants near Arat Kilo are not so richly stocked. They stood around me, watching with anticipation as if I were the first person to ever taste a Coke. He has published two further verse collections and two novels.

The owner himself brought me a Coke, his wife brought me the opener, and yet another waiter appeared with a glass. Walking is good for the health—it saves you from the headaches that come from having to pay for taxis.

I tried to tell myself that my tears were for others, not for me.


My proposal puts forward a way to resolve the situation. The smell of the food got stronger while my difficulties got worse. He should have stood up and given you his seat.

Perhaps it would be best to say she was a woman already in her prime who might remain there another thirty years. I returned to my seat while the old man was still washing his hands.

When I picked up the bottle to pour my drink, I noticed the price on the menu for a single Coke was three birr.

For many years my daily spend was fifty birr. I paid the secretary for the typing. I would indeed have to put an end to myself!

When we sseyoum done eating, we walked together to wash our hands. Even finding the wrapper the food once came in is rare. Eventually I realized I should not be getting so emotional over bewmetu hair. He read a paragraph and returned it to its place. Damn my third-grade math teacher—if he had only taught me more about numbers, I might not be so lost now in this age where even the tiniest children know how to use calculators.

On my way home I saw a beggar searching a dumpster outside a restaurant.