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The Literary Groong - 10/25/2008

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    	WITH THE HOMELESS

	By Vahan Derian
	Translated by Diana Der-Hovanessian


	I am at home with the homeless and the mad,
	those who have lost their laughter and their land,

	the orphans, the wanderers, the dispossessed
	of nationhood, friends, and address,
	women stripped of modesty and shame
	and left desolate and maimed,

	those whose eyes dimmed looking at death,
	those with nothing to lose now except breath,

	those in doorless prisons in the dark,
	those charred by fires they did not start--
	they are my brothers. Let me join my kind
	in oblivion leaving all memory behind.


In Coming To Terms, Poems by Vahan Derian  Ashod Press

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Diana Der-Hovanessian is a New England born poet is the author of
nine volumes of translations from the Armenian, one from Romanian,
and several of her own works including the newly published
THE SECOND QUESTION from Sheep Meadow Press.

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