The Will

May 1st, 2008 Print Print Email Email

By Sahlu Bekele – Toronto

They were out in the field
Roaming together
To search and discover
The things that matter
Like grass, like water
That made their lives better

There were monkeys and donkeys
Somewhat bizarre but a possible mix
There were sheep and goats
Relatives and cousins
There were chicken and eagles
Same family but enemies
There also were buffalos
In the jungle in the plains
But there also were foxes and wolves
Hyenas and wild dogs
The predators and the carnivores

Everyone was out in the field
Tending to their need
While most were grazing the grass
Others were waiting for a chance
While most neglected the danger
Others waited for their dinner
Mobilized by their hunger
Specially the hyena
The tireless observer
Of animal behavior
Was waiting patiently
To attack suddenly

While the field seemed tranquil
It wasn’t safe still
And peace was about to crack
With a hyena strike

Silence was broken
Peace was shaken
Safety was forgotten
Survival uncertain
For the grazing masses
Of peaceful animals

It’s shameful and embarrassing
When one hyena chases
One thousand lives

The herbivores running for life
The carnivores setting the strife
Here chaos, there chaos
Everywhere chaos
Total confusion total turmoil
Fills the air, fills the plains
To the advantage of the killers

In this drama in this course
There appeared a heard of buffalos
Organized and formidable force
Never scared of the hyenas
Fought back with zeal
In unison, with will
Stood their ground
Since they found
What mattered most
Wasn’t in numbers but in the will
The will to cooperate
The will to associate
The will to stand together
The will to do the job

And peace was restored
And the hunters were hunted
And the preys breathed a sigh of relief
And life went on as usual
Thanks to collective defense
Of the buffalo force

Because one needs the whole
And the whole needs the one
To succeed to win
One has to be twin
This business of ours
Needs conviction, needs passion
To keep our being, to save the nation
To take Ethiopia in the right direction
From this generation to that generation•

By Sahlu Bekele – Toronto

They were out in the field
Roaming together
To search and discover
The things that matter
Like grass, like water
That made their lives better

There were monkeys and donkeys
Somewhat bizarre but a possible mix
There were sheep and goats
Relatives and cousins
There were chicken and eagles
Same family but enemies
There also were buffalos
In the jungle in the plains
But there also were foxes and wolves
Hyenas and wild dogs
The predators and the carnivores

Everyone was out in the field
Tending to their need
While most were grazing the grass
Others were waiting for a chance
While most neglected the danger
Others waited for their dinner
Mobilized by their hunger
Specially the hyena
The tireless observer
Of animal behavior
Was waiting patiently
To attack suddenly

While the field seemed tranquil
It wasn’t safe still
And peace was about to crack
With a hyena strike

Silence was broken
Peace was shaken
Safety was forgotten
Survival uncertain
For the grazing masses
Of peaceful animals

It’s shameful and embarrassing
When one hyena chases
One thousand lives

The herbivores running for life
The carnivores setting the strife
Here chaos, there chaos
Everywhere chaos
Total confusion total turmoil
Fills the air, fills the plains
To the advantage of the killers

In this drama in this course
There appeared a heard of buffalos
Organized and formidable force
Never scared of the hyenas
Fought back with zeal
In unison, with will
Stood their ground
Since they found
What mattered most
Wasn’t in numbers but in the will
The will to cooperate
The will to associate
The will to stand together
The will to do the job

And peace was restored
And the hunters were hunted
And the preys breathed a sigh of relief
And life went on as usual
Thanks to collective defense
Of the buffalo force

Because one needs the whole
And the whole needs the one
To succeed to win
One has to be twin
This business of ours
Needs conviction, needs passion
To keep our being, to save the nation
To take Ethiopia in the right direction
From this generation to that generation•

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