By, Hamfedhe cAli, 36, Abcalá district, Asangola, recorded by Mulubrahn Balehgn, 4 August 2012.
Cattle from upland, cattle from lowland
Goats from here, sheep from there
Are you (my camels) ever going to have the trees
That you once had all for yourselves?
In the summer, the floods
In the winter, the locusts
In the upland, the Christians
On the lowland, the sorghum fields
In Awash, the woyyane trees (Prosopis julifora)
Where should I take you my heart (my she-camel)?
Adapted from: Encomium of the Camel: The Oral Sung Poetry of the Afar Pastoralists of Ethiopia, Mulubrhan Balehegn, University of Florida