Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Aaron Poochigian: The Parlor

Nothing was an heirloom. We had none,
But a cause cherished like a vintage gun
Hung there: why goatherds in a mountain town
Had dug pits by the roadside and lain down.

I can’t rest, even as a great grandson,
When young Turks tell me what was done is done.
Our women--raped not just by anyone.
We never called the couch an ottoman.

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