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Alem Hailu Gabre Kristos

Addis Ababa

A Herd Mentality

If one pulls
A sheep astray
The flock is sure
To move that way.

To fish in a troubled water
De-constructing history
Thwart we could
The old social fabric of unity
And create we shall
A generation
Suffering a crisis of identity!

'Ask me not why
They are better than
My peers and I
Also sensitize me not to deny,
What I see with my naked eye!
In attire, grooving, life style,
Cosmetic application and civilization
They galvanize youth's attention! '

Come up with a generation
We shall
That does not bat an eye
Our dictates to buy,
A generation that does barter
An age-old culture
With fads, for such a venture
Proves to it an adventure.

To achieve what we terribly sought
If we use somebody of note,
Fame that has got
Say an artist or a poet,
The mob will not
Fight-shy to drink a lot
From our poison pot
Without a grain of salt
'God doesn't exist '
Could be top on the list!
Alas, we could say 'Worship us! '
'Forget the Key And Lock theory!
Why should you worry? '
Or social and religious norms
We could rock
With 'A lock could lock a lock
even in a wedlock! '
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Topic(s) of this poem: death
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
For an Ethiopian poet who recently debased his soul for monetary rewards.
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