What Shall I Be?


Shall I be a chameleon?

In a way that
Makes observers sick,
Shall I uncunningly
Side the slick?

Shall I optimize my chance
Echoing both
The good or wrong stance
Of who by unfair means
Seized the rein of power
And hence benefits
Will not be loath
On me to shower?

A chameleon,
Reflecting my surrounding
Shall I be
Self serving
As it has become
Nowadays a common thing?

Shall I be an ermine?

Keeping my professional
And self integrity
And cleanliness
True to my conscious
To the extent of
Facing an unfolding adverse
Shall I distance
My self
From being
A false witness
On my colleagues
And neighbours?

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About the authorAlem Hailu G/Kristos is a published author from Ethiopia. He is a poet, novelist, translator, editor, critic and journalist. He has an M.A. in Literature from Addis Ababa University. Most of his works have been featured in the arts and culture columns of different newspapers. He has contributed to poetry anthologies worldwide. He has award-winning poems and short stories.He is an emerging Ethiopian poet, translator, and author in all literary genres in the English language.He is penetrating the global book market and stamping a footprint on the firmament of literature.If you peruse his work, you might note a local touch and national sentiment, such as in “Come to Ethiopia” and “Great Tidings.” He plays an ambassadorial role in several international poetry blogs representing countries from Australia to America. His poems have proved popular.He has achieved a global presence via www.poemhunter.comwww.writeoutloud.com www.poetrypoems.com www.allpoetry.com www.novelcollective.com / Australia www.highonpoems.com www.poemabout.com www.poemlist.com www.hellopoetryHis books and blog posts showcase the talent of an Ethiopian author and have been warmly received by publishers from Europe to America, including www.united -p.c.eu, (Austria), www.lulu.com (America), and www.trafford.com (America).From these publishers and Amazon, you can order his books, which aim to be entertaining, edifying, and style-showing and to seek an outlet for the east African voice, find a niche for Ethiopian authors in the global literary scene, and teach the English language through literature. Schools, colleges, universities, libraries, bookstores, and the cultural departments of different embassies could benefit from making his works available on their shelves.To foreigners, his work could serve as a window into another culture.His works include 1) Poetry contributions1.1 Remembering Spring, A Poem Anthology, www.allpoetry, CrateSpace ISBN9781539883760 1.2 www.united.pc.eu 8th publication 1.3 A Poem Anthology Poets Unite Worldwide Contributed poems to over six poetry anthologies representing Ethiopia2) In the Vortex of Passion's WindA poetic drama on the wrong turns of life, HIV, and AIDS crosscut with issues concerning youth. It is also meant to serve as a language teaching material for higher learning institutions and preparatory schools. A useful resource for performing artists.ISBN: 978-3-7103-2109-2 www.united-p.c.eu Austria3) A Boon of Classic Poems(Translation in Amharic) A collection of selected classic poems By Alem Hailu G/Kristos ISBN: 978-1-312-94998-0 www.lulu.com America4) A Vent to Stifled Emotion A debut collection of poems By Alem Hailu ISBN: 978-1-4907-5675-2(sc) 978-1-4907-5674-5(e) www.traffordpublishing.comAmerica5) The Truth and Dawn and Other Palatable Short Stories of Both Mix: Art for Art's Sake and Life's Sake By Alem Hailu G/Kristos IBN 978-1-329-43915-390000 www.lulu.com America6) Pupil's poems (Full Color)Rhyming poems for pupils and learners of the English language. Systematically selected words and expressions to upgrade the language proficiency of pupils. Inspires pupils to read as well as write poems. Lulu.com, America ISBN: 58001110904727) Hope from the Debris of HopelessnessA novel in the pipeline with the theme "Disability is not inability."8) Blue Sister River Vilija in the Lens of New and Marxist Criticism. ISBN 978-3-330-06561-1.pdf Lap Academic Publication,Germany
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