Thursday, October 01, 2015

Michael E. Stone: April 2015 in Yerevan

It was a mixed grill of
Genocide centennial,
manuscripts, friends,
my glad thanks to those
lovers of the treasures
that are hand-written
painted manuscripts, 
who welcomed
me from the first day 
for I share that love.

Those treasures of beauty,
of language, art, and craft
enfold within the power 
for a mighty transmutation
of victims into the bearers,
witnesses and lovers
of that history and beauty,
those songs and tales,
that the singers of this time
and the next will turn 
from unbearable pain 
into the imperative of life, 
of living, of breathing,

The pain of the past,
demands life, 
new birth.

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