Alem Hailu Gabre Kristos

Gold Star - 6,683 Points (Addis Ababa)

Which One Is The Saint? - Poem by Alem Hailu Gabre Kristos

Is it the pompous pope
That blessed off tanks
And hailed fighter Jets
Bombs to drop,
On modestly armed patriots
Marching for a fair battle
Entertaining hope,
Not suspecting
A non-stop
Rain of
Banned poisonous gas,
Lethal as Nazis'
Mass destructive soap?

What is more
Is it
The self seeking pope
That sacrificed
An independent
Country, a push over,
Expecting a reward handsome
- an earthly kingdom?

Or


Is it the martyr monk
Who warned(cursed) the people
And land
To fascist colonizers
Not to give a hand?

What is more
Is it the
Selfless monk
Who was atrociously
By atavists
Gunned down
Scanning the sky for
A heavenly crown!

Topic(s) of this poem: holy


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Up on seeing the monument of abune(monk) Petros

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, December 4, 2015


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