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Below is the poem of the week entitled The Rest is Silence which was written by poet Eileen Manassian.


The Rest is Silence

I left her behind
emaciated
I left her
dying
I left her
I left her
I wanted to die there with her
there in the desert
where I left my mother
there where the stench of the dead and the dying 
filled the air
I left her
my other children dragging me on
the solders shouting
threatening..theatening
I had to go on...for the others

I left her
my little girl
who was too weak to speak
too weak to cry
my little girl
whom I smothered
knowing it would be quick
not wanting night to call
the animals to crawl
over her still living body
not wanting her to hear
the death wail of the old and frail
all around
I smothered her
and kept on walking
not hearing
not seeing
not smelling
not living
not breathing

I left her
I left my heart
I left my dreams
I left my tomorrow
and every yesterday
every memory
every hope
of a better day

I left her
and in that starless night
there in the desert
naked and bleeding
starving
shivering
I knew....

"the rest is silence."

Eileen Manassian

"The Rest is Only Silence" is from Shakespeare's Play...Hamlet. I, however, will not be silent about the Armenian Genocide. This is in memory of the 1.5 million Armenians who lost their lives in the Genocide of 1915.Though this is a fictitious write, the events depicted did happen during the Armenian Genocide in 1915 by the Ottoman Turks. One million and a half Armenians were marched into the desert in what has come to be known as the Death March. My mother's family were fortunate. They were able to run away in time. They relocated to Lebanon. My mother was a refugee at 14 years of age. She and her two sisters suffered poverty and had to work hard to make a living for the family. Their fate could have been worse. April 24 marks 101 years since that event. Not all countries have recognized the genocide. Unfortunately, America is one of them. 

If you want to read an account of those days, read The Sandcastle Girls. Read of how woman were tied to stakes as the soldiers rode past on their horses and decapitated them. Read of how the orphaned children were gathered at night and put in caves and burned alive. Read of how the woman marched naked...their wounds festering, their hair matted...almost inhuman. Read of how women committed suicide rather suffer rape while others disfigured themselves to go unnoticed. History cannot deny the genocide. If justice is not served here...it will be....one day. God told Cain..."the blood of your brother Abel is crying out to me." The blood of these martyrs cries out today for recognition.

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  1. Date: 5/1/2016 9:51:00 AM

    It is so nice to see this showcased as POTW....congratulations

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 5/1/2016 12:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Are you serious?????? WOW! I'm SO HAPPY! Thanks for being the bearer of good news, Tim. Bless you! :)
  1. Date: 5/1/2016 9:34:00 AM

    Hi Eileen, Many many congratulations on ur POTW. A powerful & brilliant write. Fell happy to read............with love

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 5/1/2016 12:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your visit and post, Manmath.
  1. Date: 4/26/2016 9:44:00 PM

    This genocide was an unspeakable horror, we have many Armenian friends here in Canada your writing made my blood boil with indignation. ALL INNOCENTS regardless of where they are from, what race or religion are in God's memory and we will see them again Acts 24:15 may you receive comfort from the God of all comfort2Cor1:3,4

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/27/2016 11:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    John, thanks ever so much for bring solace through the Word. I don't know if you are aware of the fact that Paul is my favorite Bible author. His words are a source of encouragement to me...especially in Thessalonians where he speaks of the second coming and the resurrection of the faithful. Having lost my mother to MS...I know the need for reading words of comfort. Bless you for your visit and kindness to me.
  1. Date: 4/26/2016 1:36:00 PM

    I know how strongly you rightly feel about the Armenian Genocide, Eileen. But you are not alone. Can justice ever be attained? Maybe not, but at least admitting to wrongdoing combined with an apology would be welcome. ~ I find this write very powerful...a fav! hugs // paul

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/27/2016 11:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Justice will never be fully attained on earth, dear. That is why we have heaven to look forward to. However, it is our duty to point out the injustices and speak for those whose voices have been stilled. At least if there is recognition, their memories will be honored. Hugs, dear one.
  1. Date: 4/26/2016 9:38:00 AM

    You should not be silent! Your message screams from the page. Their weeping penetrates the darkness and makes its way to our minds and souls. Hugs Rick.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/26/2016 10:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Richard. I have also posted a new one today. I'm processing some thoughts. Hope you give it a read. Have you posted anything? Oh...by the way. I hope to be posted some of my poems on Youtube in the near future. That's something to look forward to. Hugs
  1. Date: 4/25/2016 9:28:00 PM

    Rest assured, many are aware, Canada has played I hope a very big and positive role in such. Any atrocity saddens me, we shall not burden the sins of the father on the son, but at the same time, we must recognize history to learn from it. This is a Fav Eileen! hugs

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/26/2016 8:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, dear. I know that Canada has been supportive. It means a great deal. It pains me that the Turkish government will not apologize. Though they are not the perpetrators, denial makes them accomplices. No, I do not advocate hate...but justice. Thanks for the visit.
  1. Date: 4/25/2016 9:28:00 PM

    Ops Faved!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/26/2016 10:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm thrilled. Thank you, dear.
  1. Date: 4/25/2016 6:14:00 PM

    Thank you for writing about it. we never hear the whole story and time tends to sweep horrifying acts of humanity under the rug. We need to keep hearing the past or we will be doomed to repeat it. No one shuld ever be treated like that or have to face such an event.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/26/2016 10:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have no idea how things like this can happen, Adam. There have been many since then. It is horrifying. I guess, in a way, we become desensitized. Thank you for passing by. I've been a bit unwell, recently....emotionally. I haven't invested much time here of late. I will come by to visit soon. Thank you.
  1. Date: 4/25/2016 7:59:00 AM

    How very ruthless the world can be. Thank you very much for this powerful poem, Eileen, and for letting us know of the atrocities that took place in history. T.J

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/26/2016 10:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm glad you have an idea of what took place so long ago, Teppo. It's not that we hold on to hate...We just want this to be acknowledged as a genocide. It is the least we can do for the memory of those who perished. Thanks for the visit.
  1. Date: 4/25/2016 5:07:00 AM

    Your people and my people have been victims of genocide by the same country! Greece has long ago recognized the Armenian Genocide! Armenians who live in Greece are considered to be our brothers and sisters! Monumental poem dear Eileen! A seven and my love and consolations!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/26/2016 10:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, my esteemed poet. The Pontic Greeks were also part of the Genocide. I have read a book about it. It is entitled, The Crossing. It moved me to the depths of my being. I'm sorry I haven't been visiting much of late. I will try to be better. God bless.
  1. Date: 4/24/2016 11:37:00 PM

    Wonderful poetry dear Eileen.. ur words speak volumes .. Unforgotten history though..

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/27/2016 11:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your visit, Dr Upma. You always have a word of encouragement. Bless you.
  1. Date: 4/24/2016 7:14:00 PM

    Eileen, this poem rakes the heart with history's horror. I cringe when reminded of the evil that we do to each other.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/27/2016 11:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, John, for still having a sensitive heart. We have become desensitized to the horror that happens around us daily. Bless you, dear.
  1. Date: 4/24/2016 5:43:00 PM

    OMG, This is amazing. So sad, so cruel and inhumane. May they rot in hell, those who do this to humanity. FAVE

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/27/2016 11:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Andrea. Though those who committed the genocide cannot be held accountable, their descendants must confess. It is only right. Hugs
  1. Date: 4/24/2016 2:11:00 PM

    This is so sad Eileen. Like I told you before they are starting to talk about it in the High Schools here but still no acknowledgement by big government. We should all learn from the past so the same atrocities aren't repeated.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/27/2016 11:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Every little bit counts, Tim. Wish your country would finally admit it, as some of its citizens are doing. Maybe in time. Thank you for your understanding. Hugs
  1. Date: 4/24/2016 1:30:00 PM

    Oh yes.many believe the armenian genocide was the stepping stone for the holacaust to follow and sometimes its as if History keeps repeating itself with heartless attrocities, and no responsibility admitted for the acts.How sad. I am glad that when the Turks tried to capture Malta in their hands.. We defeated them.I have nothing againstTurks .but yes noone want to listen the cry of others let along his own people .Once there was a petition to sign re recognition of armenian genocide, I signed it

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/27/2016 11:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm glad that they were not able to overrun your beautiful country, Charmaine. How I love Malta. You and Paul made it even more special to me, but I was honestly enchanted with the place. Such beautiful architecture and historical sites. Thank you for being who you are, Charmaine. Thanks for looking out for me and caring enough when I'm unwell. Love you, dear.
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 4/24/2016 1:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A fave
    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 4/24/2016 1:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Cont -Support for those who suffered and are still suffering can heal hearts and worlds.Hugs.
  1. Date: 4/24/2016 12:02:00 PM

    Your poem highlights the suffering of those terrible times. Can't believe how human beings can be so oppressively cruel to their fellowmen. Shame! Very well written and informative.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/24/2016 12:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, dear. I just read a post on Facebook today from one of my distant relatives of how 20 family members were lost in the Genocide. He recounts the story of his great-grandfather who escaped despite gunshot wounds. I need to share the stories. One of the reasons the Jewish Genocide was carried out was because nothing was done about the Armenian one. Hilter is known to have said: "After all....who remembers the Armenians?" Thanks for reading, dear.
  1. Date: 4/24/2016 11:54:00 AM

    as I read this I cry for all the lost souls, you always have a way of touching my heart deeply Eileen x

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/24/2016 12:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your empathizing tears, dear one. They are solace to the soul. Bless you.
  1. Date: 4/24/2016 11:50:00 AM

    This broke the silence of my Sunday with a tremendous thunder of sorrow. :( J.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/24/2016 12:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for reading. I know it is difficult to read such things. I have a book on the Genocide and I honestly can't bring myself to end it. It takes too much out of me. I already suffer from depression, so these writes are not easy for me. I'm grateful for your visit.
  1. Date: 4/24/2016 11:08:00 AM

    It is really sad that it is not recognized as a genocide and Turkey do not admit responsibility.... So much horrors in the world.... Deep and emotional write Eileen..

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso Date: 4/25/2016 9:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Canada actually has, also has a large Armenian community, and when it was not popular to do so, has stood up for what is right. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/canadian-parliament-recognizes-armenian-genocide-1.509866 , http://www.genocide-museum.am/eng/07.11.13.php
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/24/2016 11:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Silent One. I've written several poems...It's my way of trying to raise awareness. To get the Armenian vote, Obama promised to recognize the Genocide. His term is coming to an end, and still....nothing. Canada, along with many other countries have recognized this atrocity. Thanks for caring enough to post, dear. Blessings.
  1. Date: 4/24/2016 10:57:00 AM

    Eileen, very powerful and wonderful flow..well written lady :)-luloo

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 4/24/2016 11:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, dear. Today is the commemoration of that horrible time so many years ago. I thought I would write something in honor of the fallen. Thanks for reading, dear.

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