Mushrochu - Poem by emebet mesfin
'I found love of my life,
who consented to be my wife'.
Elders were sent to his beloved.
to ask for her hand.
'We need to talk to our daughter,
we'll have to make sure.
It's not easy to give away.
the apple of our eye.'
Messengers were told to come back
when fasting end.
They went back when it did.
'We accept your request.
Let's celebrate! '
Wedding date was set.
on Miazia twenty first.
Another fasting season gave reason.
to each family plenty time for the preparation.
Honey was bought to make tej.
only a month took Mulu to manage.
Gesho, malt, soaked and roasted maize;
barley to brew tella with.
Teff flour to bake injera, wheat for the bread.
Men took extra care to find,
ox for the raw meat as well as fried.
Women toiled in the house,
they went shopping for clothes, shoes
and all kinds of accessories.
Eve of the wedding day.
getting ready in every possible way.
Men to the barber shops.
Women to hair saloons.
It is the big day!
Groom looking wonderful in his attire,
sat emanating such heart warming smile.
Four men all dressed alike next to him,
posed for the camera in the packed room.
In the white tent, family waited.
Groom was ushered accompanied.
Much photographed filmed.
to the professionals content.
With his parents, siblings, nieces, nephews,
aunts, uncles, inlaws, friends, neighbors.
Time to leave.
Groom rose, bent to kiss parents' knees.
'Thank you for raising me good.
Thank you for bringing me to manhood.
Thank you for the nurturing love.
It will serve me to bestow on my house.
Thank you for everything, my folks.'
The fifth child of the family,
thus began his journey.
The Mercedes and all those cars,
took him to his bride's.
The men tried to sing their way in,
'anasgebam sergegna edej yitegna! '
teased the women.
The wedding singer with his accordion,
led the groom and his men inside,
to the veiled bride who patiently waited.
Misty eyed groom approaced.
lifted the veil and gazed.
His heart melted.
Kissed his bride's forehead.
Helped her up, she slipped her right hand.
Through his left arm,
they left the room entwined.
Best men joined the bridesmaids in yellow dresses
All drove to the wedding lunch in vehicles.
Ululating applauding singing people welcomed,
the happy couple to the hall beautifully decorated.
Blessings prayers were given by the priest.
Then it was time to lavishly feast!
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