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I Love Your Dark and Wicked Eyes
Vahan Derian

I love your dark and wicked eyes, as deep
As the mysterious evening is deep, and dark
as the spell that dusk casts. I love the vast
seascape of your eyes where sin
hesitates like twilight before flickering past
where Luck and Chance have been.

I love your eyes, their drunken golden haze,
Eyes that magnetize the lost like wordless beacons,
And torture the soul with their pitiless
caress. I love their dark and mysterious depth.


About The Poet


Vahan Derian
(1885-1920)

After his elementary schooling in Tiflis, Derian went to Moscow to the Armenian Lazarian College. His poetry teacher there was Dor Langen, a Dutch poet and the Dutch consul in Moscow, who introduced his students to the symbolist poets of the time.

He continued his education at Moscow University and while there joined the Russian Social Democrats. The Czarist police had him jailed for political activity. In 1906 his first book, "Dreams at Dusk", made him an immediate celebrity. He was hailed by the dean of the Armenian poets, Hovhannes Toumanian, as the most original lyric poet of the decade. He later published "Night Remembrance", "The Golden Legend", "The Return", "The Golden Link", "In the Land of Naiyiri", and "The Cat's Paradise".

In 1913, Derian left Moscow University for the University of St. Petersburg, where he majored in oriental languages. His political involvement also intensified. He became a friend of Maxim Gorky and together they published an anthology of Armenian literature.

After the revolution Derian was in charge of the Armenian sector in the ministry of the nations. He died of tuberculosis in 1920.