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The Planner.

 why do we even make plans? being human is like being the plan
                           of another planner / planet so that in some
way you are always a plant in someone else's plan
and so until the planner decides to       change the plan or unless the
planner decides to          dismiss the plan
you are beautifully sitting there, plain plan man.
like the flow of the river, determined by the shape of the land
in any situation. but
                                             how to flow is a very
different question.
you can either carefully step on the rocks or you can simply decide to
flow under the rocks and be forgotten forever.
two rocks, still out there to-- shape your flow and course. 

Translation from the Amharic

By Uljana Wolf

Mihret Kebede is an artist and poet who is a founding director of Netsa Art Village, an artists' collective, as well as part of the Tobiya poetry and jazz DVD (vol. 1) release and a founding member of the Tobiya poetic jazz group. She is renowned for her poetry readings and her experimental artworks.

Uljana Wolf (b. 1979) is a poet and translator based in Brooklyn and Berlin. False Friends, an English selection translated by Susan Bernofsky, appeared from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2011. She translates numerous poets into German, among them John Ashbery, Erin Moure, Cole Swensen, and Christian Hawkey

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Author:Kebede, Mihret
Publication:World Literature Today
Article Type:Poem
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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