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Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye'
Posted to the web 20:10 Apr 12 2004
Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye' was born in Hargeysa in 1949, and lives there now. He attended school in Sheikh in Somaliland and then graduated in biology at the Somali National University, following which he was a teacher for several years.

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As a keen poet and literary scholar also, he later worked at the Academy of Culture in Mogadishu and then as a lecturer in Somali literature at National University. From the 1970s onwards he has been one of the most important Somali poets, composing on a great variety of topics from nuclear weapons to Nelson Mandela. He was also a poet who was not afraid to engage in the politics of Somalia through his poetry, and he was the initiator of one of the largest 'chain poems', 'Deelley', to which many poets contributed, each one alliterating in 'd', hence the name of the chain. In addition to his poetry composition, Gaarriye was the person who first articulated the metrical patterns of Somali poetry, which he published in 1976 in a number of articles in the national newspaper of the time. This work was invaluable and a major intellectual achievement.

Poems written by Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye':

Fad Galbeed (1978)
Gabbal-dhaca cadceed-yahay
U sii faano-guratee
Casar gaaban liiqii
Godka weeraraysaa!
Go'e fuley miyaad tahay?
Waa maxay garmaamadu?

Ma googooska sagalkiyo
Gamasyada shucaacaa,
Gaade kaa horreeyiyo
Gurigaad ku hoyan layd
War ku gubay ka soo direy?

Mise gabadhan dhoolkiyo
Gu'goo shaalka xaytiyo
Fad galbeed la moodaa,
Kolkaad gelin is-dhugateen
Guluubkaagii shiikhoo
Dib-u guradku waa baqe?

Mise ganac-jabkaagiyo
Waxaad galabta mudataad
Intay goori goor tahay,
Dayax soo lug-gu'i laa
Sii war-geli is-leedahay?

Gedgeddoonka hirarkee
Iyagoo garaaro leh,
Gaatin-socodka laafyaha
Xarragada u gaarka ah
Goonyahaaga tiiciyo,
Gaardiga daruuraha
Kugu gaaf-wareegee,
Gumucaad ridaysiyo
Goolli-baadh fallaadhaha,
Shafka kaga garaacdee
Isu rogay guduudkee,

Dhiiggooda gobo'liyo
Giirgiirka caadka leh,
Ku sibbaaqday guudkiyo
Gara-saar-dabtoodii
Maxaa maanta gaasirey?
Miyay kugu giriifeen?

Mise waxay ka giigeen
Gobaad haybaddeediyo,
Gantaalaha jacaylkiyo
Kalgacaylka beereey
Indhaheedu ganayaan?

Afartaa siddiri-gam
Waxaan gocanayaa weli,

Tiiyoo gareyskiyo
Marta debec u gunuddoo
Guranaysa hoobaan,
Oo aan geyaankeed
Geesaha ka filanayn,
Dabayshii gadoodee
Uurkayga garatee
Gaadmada ku qaaddee,
Gosha iyo horaadkiyo
Gaaddada u faydiyo,
Garba-duubka maraday
Durba "geb" isku siisiyo,
Gabbashada xishoodka ah
Gorodday lulaysiyo
Ugubnimo-gandoodkii.

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