The Death of a Friend – Cali Jaamac Haabiil

The following poem was recited by Cali Jaamac Haabiil a pastoralist who died in the middle years of the 20th century. He was a prominent spokesman of his clan and a strong opponent of Maxamed Cabdile Xasan with whom he exchanged poetical diatribes. This poem falls firmly within the Baroordiiq (Lamentation) category of Somali oral poetry, with this poem, in particular, being one of the best of examples of this genre. This poem is unique in the sense that the

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