Saturday, July 15, 2006

Leonardo Alishan: Tired Thoughts

Click the link to hear Tired Thoughts read by Yeraz Markarian.

They have buried ten million mines
in Afghanistan, one land mine
for every two or three Afghans,
regardless of age or ethnic background.

They have planted death in the womb
of the mother. Prosthetic limbs are airdropped
with food. They have planted a mine
under God's pillow and his dreams of doves.

Every night a new dark dream spreads
its wings in my sleep. This morning I woke
with a throbbing headache. I woke tired.
I had defused or detonated mines all night.

A dream so real, I checked my limbs.
They were still mine. A dream so dark
I checked my heart. God was still there.
But also still mine and also still there

was the problem of ten million mines,
ten million limbs, ten million lives, ten million
dreams, blown apart in the heart of a God
who plows with the farmers and lives in my heart.

Leonardo Alishan (1951-2005)

This poem won the 2003 People Before Profits Poetry Prize.

1 comment:

Alidz Agbabian said...

Aman as inch aghvor e
Alishanin panasdeghdzootyoonu!!!!