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Shakespeare, Enough

Shakespeare said,
Aren’t my poems great?
How about that love story
Of Romeo and Juliet?

But I replied,
Shakespeare, enough.
Who wants old stuff
Like that?

Why not
A new kind of love?
A love of Eritreans
For green Eritrea,

Not yet found in words,
Unheard –
A fearless story
The angels sing.

Writing my poems,
Living as long
As Methusaleh,
I couldn’t end this song
Before God called me home.

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Reesom Haile
Charles Cantalupo
Original language:
Tigrinya (Eritrea)
2016 Number 2 - One Thousand Suns

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Original poet

Reesom Haile

Reesom Haile was Eritrea’s first internationally known poet. He wrote in Tigrinya, one of Eritrea’s nine major languages. In...

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Charles Cantalupo


Charles Cantalupo

Charles Cantalupo's recent work includes War and Peace in Contemporary Eritrean Poetry (2009), Who Needs a Story? Contemporary... » Read more


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