Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Revival - Liyou Libsekal

The gate-guard is at special attention
positioned in highland chill
new gold buttons and a collar
hand-twined blanket in a
dejected corner

on the tables, reserve is hung
and the meat devoured with the
finest whiskies teasing the men teasing
supple women; spitting and spilling
archaic laughter

on a plush bed, the bride to be
cries over a set of pearls
and a dress of silk bred in caves
is smeared with salt and kohl

and the glasses bubble in the hall
a relief for the risoriis as the guests
whip to amnesic strings
streaking soil over the marble

for a fortnight, the house will scramble

eat for days lest the good flesh spoils

Liyou Libsekal (born 1990) Ethiopia
Source: Cordite Poetry Review


  1. Hello Admin,

    Thank you for the great works you do.

    Kindly upload more poems of Liyou Libsekal and Titilope Sonuga.

    Thank you


    1. Thanks Peter,
      No sooner asked than done... see today's post (28 August 2020)


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