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Up to the End.

 Abel far able in grace in innocence far beyond reach, poor Cain in
changing riches held too near sinks into this abyss.
 Into a story in the start in the dark changes in a bruise in blackness
introducing a violence in the start of humankind. Let's go down,
Abel says to his brother to snatch his breath from him.
A chapter in death's memoirs, over ages will be spoken by men, by
angels will be written written now as follows.
"Two brothers stepped down into the valley, one killer returns one
killed not able to return.
"One coming back one staying back the one saying, come down
let's go down together--" Now one stays, in having come down,
now a murder.
After half a day missing something a half-fulfilled day
half-unsuccessful a day half-lived, after this betrayal the trust in
half breaks between those on mountaintops and those on
mountaintops' bottoms.
The line of Adam no matter how brave, no matter the talk, no matter the
profit, no matter the titles, the one staying on top says, "Oh,
they will kill me if I come down so I will not step down."
Therefore once reaching the top, to step down equals death. Am I able to
step down when told to step down when in coming down Abel's life is
Of course, why should he step down? Has stepping down benefited anyone
who has reached the top, unless the killing of those who step down is
stopped, forever? 

Translation from the Amharic

By Eric Ellingsen & Jorga Mesfin

Abebaw Melaku is a renowned poet and journalist who published the verse collection Keradion in 2007 and an audio poetry CD the following year. In 2008 he was one of the founding members of the Tobiya poetic jazz group, and he is also a journalist for Ethiopia's most influential radio show, Addis Zema.

An Ethiopian musician, Jorga Mesfin is the founder of the Ethio-jazz group Wudasse and composed the score to Haile Gerima's epic movie Teza, for which he won the award for Best Music Selection at the twenty-second Carthage Film Festival and Best Composer Award at the fifth Dubai International Film Festival.

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Author:Melaku, Abebaw
Publication:World Literature Today
Article Type:Poem
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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