Thursday, February 09, 2012

Diana Der Hovanessian: After the Storm

All night long        the splintered rain
needled the wincing      window pane
with the thin voice     of old sea tales
of days before      Odysseus sailed,
of monsoon, typhoon,       gale and mud
to bully the land-locked    heart with flood
daring the vitreous sun      to claim
a wild eye       water cannot tame.

Diana Der Hovanessian
From How to Choose Your Past, Ararat Press, 1978. The poem also appeared in the Armenian Review, 1968.

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