Neither Here Nor There: Perspectives on Identity by the Young Eritrean and Ethiopian Diaspora in America

September 11, 2009

Another Sample (poetry)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Habesha Diaspora @ 10:10 pm

7927_823133227300_4907174_50795181_4429509_nFrom Opposite Sides of the Border

By: Liya

Separated by our connection

Divided by common ground

Enmity no longer needs to be understood

Now accepted the way love once was

From opposite sides of the border

We mirror each other’s DNA

Still found soaking the Earth on both sides

Almond eyes traced in black

Hiding beneath the shadow of a

Cliff-like brow

Without words we do not know our enemy

Let us sit in silence

For peace to dare return

Let us make sound only to celebrate

Ilil belu be ye-and andachu qwankwa (rejoice in each of your languages)

Isn’t it beautiful when joy transcends

Like praise from broken hearts to

Silenced lips

Like music to the Heavens



  1. beauuuuuuuuutiful

    Comment by Dinich — September 16, 2009 @ 3:43 am | Reply

  2. Thanks Dinich! I love your name btw. It’s too cute!

    Comment by Habesha Diaspora — September 16, 2009 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

  3. Beautiful!!!!!

    Comment by Ruth — September 19, 2009 @ 7:26 am | Reply

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