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Ode to the Sun
Vahan Tekeyan

In the evening, in the shadows, I sing to the sun
that has created the dark by absence.
Like the face of God, Sun, you are far
from touch, but near enough to feel.

I sing to you from the dark of night
that you make when you depart.
Like God who also creates evil
when he forgets us, you create the dark world.

But 1 sing to you the new sun,
from this deep night that engulfs
a world of souls,
as I wait for the strength and light
that will break when you crack
this harsh dark.

About The Poet

Vahan Tekeyan

Vahan Tekeyan was known as a perfectionist, because he always looked for the precise word. He was born in Istanbul in 1978 and educated in the Armenian schools there. His first poems were collected and published in 1901. Besides his own books, he published translations of French symbolist poetry and the sonnets of Shakespeare. The sonnet remained his favorite form.

During the 1896 persecutions, Tekeyan left Istanbul for Europe. He returned, but subsequently settled in Egypt, where he was active in Armenian political life and edited the Armenian newspaper, Arev.

His books are "Burdens" (1901), "The Wonderful Rebirth" (1914), "From Midnight Until Dawn" (1918), "Love" (1933), "Armenian Songs" (1943), and "Book of Odes" (1944).