World of Stars
by Seyoum Nigussie
World of Stars is a collection of poetry that portrays the beauties of nature and human
experiences in the world. The poems enumerate various places, events, personas, notions and
conditions that deserve poetic attention. A portion of the poems are made for tributes and
gratitude to great personas who make this world as adorable as it is.
The poems are on varied topics and distinct from each other. Abstract and subjective ideas are
woven into the poems to highlight the degree of transcendence. All the poems are metrical
composition. By illustrating the good side of the world and nature within it, the poems aim to
elevate people to a good way of looking at life as beautiful and meaningful.
When ever days go by and nights come on
Changes of times are thence daily forgone.
If cyclones, earthquakes, or thunder-storm
Never to worry is the cause of universal norm.
Things come to pass when happens to nature
Events take place to make one of the better.
Challenges, challenges, – more challenges
Out of woods and sailing aboard knowledges
Nothing will be left incurable out of barrages.
God is always there any time we observe
Divinity is ingrained along spiritual reserve.
With no aggression or victims of obsession
Freedom and liberty are words of civilization.
When human fleshes are united with spirits
World of stars will timely reveal lasting treats.
When moral and social issues are uncommon
Inner-growth of peace is sworn Armageddon.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
The world and life in general was promising to me until I was 17 years in my native country of
Ethiopia. While a high school student in 1974, the world around me came crashing down when
communist military Junta took state power and soon started a killing spree, at times committing
mass murder. This was very traumatizing and the start of Stalinist ‘Red Terror’ on the ground. It
was bad enough to hate being in life. From this, I quickly learnt life in the world is about taking
With six of my school friends and one of our teachers, we formed an alliance to take action
against the Junta. With 2 years of preparation we had managed to inform the public and get the
local police headquarters on our side. Then, in April 1976 we staged a rebellion without violence
in Nekempte, provincial capital of Welega. The revolt was short-lived, nothing lost with little
gain. Amidst media control of the Junta, the news of rebellion was heard across the country.
After that, my friends and I vowed to individually take on challenges for democracy as a life-long
mission. We split apart and I went underground. When the security situation became harsh, I left
the country for Sudan.
Despite traumatizing news and the realities around me with the ‘Periods of Gloom and Doom’, I
took refuge in reading classical poetry which became my long time passion.
After a long journey through ups and downs, I suffered a car accident in Sudan, and left Africa
all together – migrating to Canada in 1990. Through my journey in life, I looked around for a drug
of relief from grief and nostalgia. Poetry reading had become my choice for entertainment and
to delete bad memories and traumas. Soon after I realized that positive poetry is as good as
drugs, music and paintings are, I decided to write one and here I begin with World of Stars.
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What inspires you to write poetry
A combination of three things inspires me to write poetry. One is beauty, the second is love, and the third is gratitude. To begin with beauty, there are infinite sources of beauty in the universe. There are beauties on every step of the way from daylights to dark nights. The beauty of sunrise yields a turn for nighttime stars. Natural phenomena beginning with humans and wildlife, and various things such as mountains, trees, rivers, blue skies, and even clouds constitute an abundance of beauty. There is a wise saying that says, ‘There is beauty in everything but not everybody can see it.’ Poetry is a set of words assembled in a beautiful manner to express other beautiful elements in the human world.
When it comes to Love, there are plenty of things around the globe to love. Love begins with the love of life, love of nature, love of music, love of humans and animals to name just a few. As love is the essence of life, it carries much weight to inspire me to write poetry. Poetry is, thus, enumerating and compounding the expressions of love in words. As to gratitude, it is so personal to me that I have much to be thankful for. Gratitude to nature/god as well as the medical community for being alive and thriving. I had a devastating car accident long ago, forty years ago, crippled and bedridden for a long time until I gradually recovered. As a result of surviving and recovering well enough, the virtues of gratit
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