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    African Writers’ Corner

    Secrets of the Ethiopian Streets

    Homage to social workers

    Amira Ali

    2009-09-17, Issue 448

    http://pambazuka.org/en/category/African_Writers/58813

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    She belongs to
    the corner
    streets
    whose whispers
    never reveal
    the secrets of
    the owner,

    streets
    guard the shadow
    of time
    she
    maiden-less
    leaves her son
    to the streets.

    A time
    so deformed,
    words prostitute
    themselves,
    mothers
    prostitute
    a child's soul,

    Thee Word is
    silent
    as necessity
    bends
    down
    prostituting
    itself.

    Feminine divine
    Losing her
    eclipse
    still night
    suggesting, copulating
    a pilgrim
    of the night,

    twisting her afro curls
    accentuated
    seductive moves
    chases
    nightly enchantment,
    soul killer
    empty delight.

    Body traded
    for the price
    of kissing
    her life,
    reined in
    the capricious horses
    of passion

    she lays
    destiny down to
    feel the slivers of pain
    in dreams and when awake,
    hidden pain
    eyes reveal
    what words conceal.

    Pitiless life
    making her stay
    in a wild desert
    smelling
    black dust of body
    desolated by floods
    of mortal life

    she heaps abet
    in the abyss
    of the night
    living no more
    survivor
    of fate
    alone.

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    * Amira Ali holds an MA in International Relations and Conflict
    Resolution. She is a freelance writer, poet and activist.
    * Please send comments to [email protected] or comment online at Pambazuka News.


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    Secrets of the Ethiopian Streets could have aptly been renamed 'Secrets of the African Streets'; especially after having watched CNN's presentation of Joburg's 'prostitutes' in light of the forthcoming World Cup.
    It is a powerful poem and congratulations in order. What is probably lucking in the general discourse is how state failure leads to such cultural decadence.

    Costantinos




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