Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Arthur Kayzakian: Armenian Folk Dance, 1915

A man and woman hide in their home

to dance amid lit candles.

He kneels as she twirls

around him. 

She raises both arms in the half-

light, and the shadow of her hands—

a bird in flight—brushes the wall.

If this were any other day, she would

clap to the beat of the drum.

She tip toes to keep quiet  

from the crows outside the window

roosting upon crucifixes

that go on, row after row. 

Published in Prairie Schooner Volume 94 | Spring 2020

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