Monday, April 11, 2016

SNOW IN ADDIS ABABA

SNOW IN ADDIS ABABA

Today a rare snow fell on Addis Ababa,
catching everyone by surprise.
Though the citystate is at 7,500 feet
it's also near the equator, this sub-tropical
region never drops below freezing.
Addis Ababa means the field of new flowers.
The cradle of mankind, Mankind has lived there
since the beginning of time. First hominid Lucy's home.
A young man muses: it seems like Ethiopia
is becoming closer to the sky, you know,
like Canada. You know what I mean.
Closer to the North Pole. Trading places.
A man grumbles: it used to happen every rainy season.
Another nitpicks it's not snow! Its hail, frozen rain,
you don’t want to get caught under that rain.
It’s like little stones falling from the sky!
And he compares it to the wrath of God.
Sky diamonds. What's this world coming to?
But I guess the weather is a bit like theft,
an adulterous sky pummeling what's left of spring
in a parched land.



4/11/2016

from a news report

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