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The Literary Groong - 02/19/2005

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	BLOODROOT

	By Diana Der Hovanessian

	The anemones of my childhood bleed
	from downy stems. Their blossoms grow
	seasonless with paper flower speed,

	springing suddenly to bend and flow
	over their mossy bed.
	I bend to pick them before I go

	home again, dropping rootjuice red
	behind me in pink milk stains
	as if my footprints bled

	marking yesterday's terrain.
	The anemones of my childhood bleed,
	scattered from their source like rain

	over the past where I retrace
	time that has become a place.

--
Diana Der Hovanessian is a Fulbright professor of American literature
at Yerevan State University in 1994 and 1999, she is author of 17
books and has published in American Scholar, Poetry, Harvard Review,
Nation, Paris Review, New Republic, and her poetry is regularly
published in the Christian Science Monitor. She has awards from the
Columbia Translation Center, P.E.N., Writers Union of America, and the
Writers Union of Armenia.


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