Who is Ethiopian?
talk the hard talk
no simile or metaphor
talk the candid talk
sarcasm, satire or anecdote.
is Ethiopian who is foreign?
is the child in this house who is alien?
you say youíre more Ethiopian than me,
weíve grown up on the same motherís knee?
Iím Ethiopian, but I see you say ĎnoíÖ
skin color sufficient,
claim that Iím as Ethiopian as my litigant?
dark enough or suitably light,
maintain my birthright?
should I show to my Ethiopianness?
my accent when I speak Amharic?
my tone when I do the rhetoric?
my choice of words or the topic
determine if my Ethiopianness is authentic?
my Amharic name or my persona?
if Iím tolosa, or zeberga, tewelde, or tona?
I be smart or idiot, tall or short?
convince you that Iím as Ethiopian as you assert.
prove that Iím Ethiopian,
Iíve to sing Tizita
Iíve to dance esksta
if I dance ebo lala, or shegoye?
sing Kuname and Gumaye
Ethiopianness put in suspicion?
have a different opinion or estimation
discuss the bad side of our history?
I believe truly to the contrary?
my contribution to my nation?
it the empty love words that count,
I need a DNA test?
should I swear at a court?
not the blood my forefathers shed thick enough?
was it less red in color
less complex in its structure.
should I come from?
I be from north or south or the middle?
the highland or low land?
ethnicity should I belong to
my Ethiopianess to be count-to
should I do to be an Ethiopian when Iím told
birth is not enough?
I be disqualified if Iím a little bit different?
all my good intentions put in distrust and doubt?
negate century old delusion
to face long held misconception?
not suffice that I love my country?
I sincerely care for all the citizenry
do what it takes to improve our lives
sacrifices of my youth, my success or my life.
need necessarily to do the ĎI love youí talk?
youíll never mind if I walk the talk?
if my expression is in deeds, not in words?
no offence to my siblings
do it that way or otherwise?
no matter what you say
can never take my spirit away.
donít say Iím more Ethiopian than you,
commit the same mistake of Ďholier-than-thouí
am as Ethiopian as you allege
different in my ways and approach.