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The Literary Groong - 07/18/2009

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	By Michael E. Stone

	Red poppies,
	fields of red poppies,
	and yellow flowers along the road.

	Last time I travelled this road was autumn,
	after summer and harvest. Now it's spring.

	The sky - then bright, now grey,
	mountains outlined black cutouts
	against the eastern light.
	Rich ore colours, yellow red and black
	paint the road's naked cuts.

	Bright yellow spring flowers
	replace autumn's yellow stubble,
	purple bushes scattered on the mountains.

	Ararat's snowy skirt
	modestly clouds its peak.

	Multi-layered colored
	mountains line the horizon.
	Ara's mount, misty in the distance.

	A cloud hangs between two mountains

	Spring rivers stained white with clay,
	dirt carried down, snow runoff,
	noisy, foaming,

	A handful of horses.
	four or five,
	scattered broadcast on the steep meadow opposite,
	flocks of sheep, ewes with lambs,
	cranes perched on their great nests,
	sitting upright on lamp-poles.

	To cross the plain to Yerevan.

Michael Stone is Professor of Armenian Studies at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem. He has published poetry in Ararat, Avocet,
Byline Magazine, Hazmat Review, King Log, Mandrake Poetry Review,
Ruah, White Heron, ARC, and Voices Anthology. He also translates
medieval Armenian poetry into English and has published translations
in Ararat, Sion and St. Nersess Theological Review. He is at present
finalizing an English translation of the medieval biblical epic
Adamgirk' by Arak'el of Siwnik'. In addition to poetry he has
published numerous scholarly books and articles on Armenian studies.

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