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My Mother's Eyes- Thoughts on the Armenian Genocide

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My Mother's Eyes- Thoughts on the Armenian Genocide

They dragged her away
Kicking and screaming
Arms outstretched towards
My little sister
Who lay dying on the ground
Her lips parched
Her eyes sunken
Her wasted arms reaching out
“Myreik, don’t leave me!”
 
My father pulled her away from 
The young soldier’s hands
The one who had violated her
The one who now sneered
“Keep moving….she will be dead
Before nightfall.”
 
I hurried after them
Stumbling through my tears
Afraid of being left behind
I turned for one last look
There she lay…her eyes closing
Left behind to join the
The dead along the path
My sister….
 
That night I didn’t hear her cry
Or complain as the soldiers
Dragged her away
She was beautiful
My mother
With eyes the color
Of the sea
Eyes that danced
And twinkled
Like stars on a clear night
Eyes that smiled
Eyes that embraced
Eyes that spoke
What words couldn’t say
I fell asleep to the sound of my father’s weeping
 
“Wake up,” I heard her say
As I fought to keep my dreams alive
My eyes fluttered open
I closed them to the hungry faces
I closed them to the filth on her dress
I searched her eyes
Calm and glassy
They looked past me
Not seeing
In them I read
No pain
No joy
No recognition
No….life!
Tears sprang to my eyes
Tears for the death of my sister’s body
Tears for the death of my mother’s soul…
 
My mother’s eyes
My mother’s eyes...
They haunt me still.

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  1. Date: 8/26/2014 7:14:00 PM
    Eileen : Horror like this is unimaginable to someone who hasn't experienced it.....the image of a mother's-eyes and all the emotions that they convey is a powerful invocation.....thanks for writing this. Hugs, SuZ

  1. Date: 8/21/2014 1:44:00 PM
    Oh, Eileen. You have captured this so well. If you would like to enter this into my contest, I suggest you change the format into paragraphs, with sentences and apply any other changes for syntax (i.e. punctuation, capitalization only were applicable.) YES. Their story must be told. We must remember. It is still happening. TODAY. In Darfur.. in other areas of Africa. It is horrific. Thanks, Friend, Cyndi

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/21/2014 1:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for taking the time to read this. Women were raped...a girl had to watch her older sister and her mother tied to poles and beheaded in a Turkish soldier's game. I read this account in Sandcastle Girls. Children in the camps were taken at night to caves and burned alive....they were marched NAKED in the desert and treated like human waste. Oh Cyndi. I will try to do something...when I have the emotional energy to go into it. Thanks for reading. Hugs
  1. Date: 6/26/2014 10:58:00 AM
    Soup Mail, Christine.

  1. Date: 4/26/2013 6:00:00 PM
    Amen.

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 9:20:00 AM
    I don't wanna sound insincere, but I've never heard of the Armenian Genocide (though I guess we are practically on opposite sides of the globes). This was a bit painful to read, so I can only imagine what it was like to literally BE there, in that situation. How much of this is true?

  1. Date: 10/20/2012 3:26:00 PM
    How absolutely devastating...

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 10/25/2012 3:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for the post, Christine. This genocide was horrific for so many! I tried to imagine what it was like from what I have heard. My mother actually escaped with her family when she was young, but this poem is for all those who didn't.