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The Armenian Language
Moushegh Ishkhan

The Armenian language is the home
and haven where the wanderer can own
roof and wall and nourishment.
He can enter to find love and pride,
locking the hyena and the storm outside.
For centuries its architects have toiled
to give its ceilings height.
How many peasants working
day and night have kept
its cupboards full, lamps lit, ovens hot.
Always rejuvenated, always old, it lasts
century to century on the path
where every Armenian can find it when he's lost
in the wilderness of his future, or his past.

About The Poet

Moushegh Ishkhan

Orphaned by the massacres at the age of two, Ishkhan was raised in Beirut.

He graduated from the Jemaran. He had gone to Belgium to the University of Brussels in 1938, but World War II interrupted his studies and in 1940 he returned to Beirut. His first book of poems appeared in 1936, The Song the Houses Sing.

Since then he has published plays, novels, and a series of textbooks on Armenian literature in addition to his poetry.