Konjit Berhane

Rookie (SePTeMBer,18 1983 DEath i Believe i am ImMorTal / a S M a R a)

A Song....! - Poem by Konjit Berhane

After his death…
Whose death?
The cyclist’s

Every one was arguing
Some say it was the cyclist’s fault
Others added it was the truck driver’s
But I was on neither side, lingering on my own sole argument
I blamed it on the song

What song?

It all started because of the song
The song the cyclist was listening to
So loud through his big earphones

If the cyclist hadn’t had his walk man
He would have heard the truck coming
Or at least he would have heard the horn
Blown by the truck driver that scared me to my bone

But he was nodding his head with the bit of the rhythm
Moving his lips with the song, which he studied well and to the extreme
His strong feet pushing the pedal
His hands holding tight the handlebars

At this crucial moment of his life
The ears seemed the queens of his senses
His eyes concentrating on the rough road
To find a smooth way to balance

The truck driver blew his horn
The women screamed
‘N I stood still like a stone
The men called “watch out”
Imagine all these sounds at the same moment

But he seemed to enjoy the song
As if he knew it’s his last time to listen to it
I felt dizzy, cold and sad
When the truck hit the bike
‘N he fell far and hard

He is not moving, look at his face
For the longest time there fell silence

Even though he was pronounced dead
His body was taken to the hospital
All left of him was in the road
His fallen mountain bike and his fallen body chalk signal
‘N the cause of his death, his beautiful silver walkman

Every one wondered about
What his family would say?
How young he was!
But I…
I was wondering
What was he listening to?
Whose song?
'N which one?

31 October,2005

Comments about A Song....! by Konjit Berhane

  • Brian Dorn (12/19/2006 3:09:00 PM)

    Wow, great ending, ... I wasn't expecting that. Well done, it makes the reader wonder!
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  • (2/22/2006 7:09:00 AM)

    dear konji, this is a good poem, but i think if you could do with just a little less words it would have been better.just an opinion dear.and thnx fr ur communication.
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  • (2/7/2006 9:27:00 AM)

    Hi Konjit, Thanks for your welcome message and your kind comments. I like this one; the way you have used the song as the focus underlines the tragedy of the death. Keep on writing. Love Eve x (Report) Reply

  • (1/19/2006 6:18:00 AM)

    Wow. This is really special, I'm left a little bit speechless on this one! Well done, Moyax (Report) Reply

  • (12/1/2005 10:48:00 AM)

    If you have to go, what a way to go! There's nothing like a good song, or a poem that leaves you curious. (Report) Reply

  • (12/1/2005 10:41:00 AM)

    This is outstanding Konjit. You really have caught the moment so well, from the incident to the feelings of others to the feeling of the narrator.



    Denis Joe
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  • (11/22/2005 11:38:00 AM)

    Boy, I love this poem because just like your main character I'm crazy for music in my headphones! I hope Bob Dylan or Van Morrison will be the last guy singing some poetic truth to me! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 22, 2005

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