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Gourgen Mahari

Your eyes today are clear
like childhood's eyes and stare
at me too closely and too well.
Your black hair,
your simple everyday belt
that you wear.
Your eyes today are clear,
open like a child's.
Your every motion, smooth,
soothing, intimate and calm.
Your skin like golden wheat,
your eyes today are clear
open like a child's.
They look at me
too closely. And too well.

About The Poet

Gourgen Mahari

Gourgen Mahari was born in Van and during the massacres escaped to eastern Armenia, where he spent his late childhood in orphanages. He later attended Yerevan State University. His poetry began appearing in 1917. Several volumes later he was established as a strong lyric voice. During the Stalinist purges he was jailed for nationalistic tendencies (references to his home and childhood). He was exiled to Siberia until 1953. His experiences and suffering in the concentration camps are described with wit and dark humor in the novel Blossoming Barbed Wires. This work has been compared to Solzhenytsin's novels. Besides poetry, he wrote several other novels and a book of memories.