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I found no trace of Armenians there.All buildings in the Armenian quarter had been leveled. —a survivor, returning to Kharpert after many yearsI can tell you it was a villagefertile and full of grain,that the moon grew full above itbefore it darkened.I can tell you that the figswere abundant, their tiny seedswere like small gems, hardand round in the mouth.I can tell you that the river in the eveningwas like a dream of a womanwhose sleep lay undisturbed,that the scents of mint and oleanderwere the perfume of a hundred nights.I can tell you that the womenhalfway to the olive groves one morningmust have heard a chatter of birdsand the foot soldiers coming.I can tell you that the mendeep in the fields of wheatwould lie down soonand disappear into its many roots.And I can tell you that the dream I haveis to walk back to this villageand stand in the square for a moment,feeling the history of it on my skin,a history of departures, vanishings.And I can tell you I would like to hearthe wind moving again through the acacia leavesand the plum trees in the courtyards,And to hear a woman singing by an open window,her voice like the sound of rain fallingand her hair as long and dark as the river.
From So I Will Till the Ground by Gregory Djanikian (Carnegie Mellon, 2007). Included in Vox Populi by permission of the author.
Very moving. Thenk you for remembering and reminding.
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Yes, Gregory has such elegant music in his poetry, and his subject, the annihilation of his people and the century-long cover-up, is heartbreaking.
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We are such a beautiful and suc a bad experiment
Yes, very beautiful and very sad.
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