Happiness was when I lay in the womb,
sucking my thumb,
Fed without the need of painful reminder - hunger,
And I in turn need not cry ,
For the purveyor to supply.
Happiness was when I crawled,
The good old days, remembering it all,
Into the womb of a washing machine,
For my mother in panic to drop her meal
To pull me out and cuddle.
Come to think,
Happiness was when I tottered, stumbled, push and shove,
The rottweiler to share his food and drinks,
And watching my mother was on the tenterhooks..
Happiness was when I ran up and down the meadow
Chasing the dream to grow.....
Phew! Little me,
Little did I know ...! Little did I know

Copyright Haileselassie Girmay