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

December 10, 2009

I am Ethiopia

Filed under: Uncategorized — Habesha Diaspora @ 11:30 am

I understand that look of your eyes

The nod of your head

The suck of your breath

As you say yes.

The wrinkles in your lips

The curl of your hair

The angle of your neck

As you greet the world.

Your essence is that of

Milk and honey

Swirling cyclone

On my edges

Rugged elegance

Enduring splinters of

Untamed wood

In broken fires

Your hands tell stories

That piece together

Mankind’s telling

And untelling

Your trenches

Contain secrets that

Would unravel

Our feeble mind

From your womb

Was birthed the best

And worst of

God’s creatures

Let your horn sound

For the world to hear

The music

Of eternity




  1. I found this awesome photographer whose work is simply spectacular. He has done a series titled “Footsteps in Lower Omo Valley” chronicling his journeys in Southern Ethiopia. I thought you might enjoy it!

    Be well,
    Ayanna Nahmias

    Comment by Ayanna Nahmias — December 11, 2009 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  2. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing Ayanna!!

    Comment by Habesha Diaspora — December 11, 2009 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

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