Thursday, September 2, 2010

The poet and the emperor

Junk Thief just posted a story called Spice Interrupted where a character named cousin Cedric has a beard longer on one side than the other. I immediately thought, of course, of Ras Makonnen the governor of Harrar. Posing in full uniform (note his realm in the background) Ras holds a gun purchased from French symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud who ran a sort of a 7-Eleven store in Harrar. They were on friendly terms. Ras Makonnen is the father of Emperor Haile Selassie I.

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