Poetry Thursday

Shifting the Sun
Diana Der-Hovanessian
When your father dies, say the Irish,
you lose your umbrella against bad weather.
May his sun be your light, say the Armenians.
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When your father dies, say the Welsh,
you sink a foot deeper into the earth.
May you inherit his light, say the Armenians.
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When your father dies, say the Canadians,
you run out of excuses. May you inherit
his sun, say the Armenians.
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When your father dies, say the French,
you become your own father.
May you stand up in his light, say the Armenians.
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When your father dies, say the Indians,
he comes back as the thunder.
May you inherit his light, say the Armenians.
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When your father dies, say the Russians,
he takes your childhood with him.
May you inherit his light, say the Armenians.
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When your father dies, say the English,
you join his club you vowed you wouldn’t.
May you inherit his sun, say the Armenians.
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When your father dies, say the Armenians,
your sun shifts forever.
And you walk in his light.
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I am an Armenian – I offer this poem to my friends Sherry, Elaine, and Julie, who each lost their father this month. May your path be illuminated by the light of his memory.
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12 thoughts on “Poetry Thursday

  1. A lovely and bittersweet poem – I love the universality of it; the shared emotion and reactions to death.

  2. Beautiful and comforting. I wish to copy this, and possibly use it at another time when I need it. I hope you don’t mind.

  3. That is such a beautiful poem, and a perfect celebration of fathers. I understand Annie’s wish to keep it to use it. I’d like to be able to share it with friends who have lost their fathers, too.

  4. Oh! This touched my heart so deeply and is incredibly beautiful. I’m very sorry for your friends’ losing their fathers, too.

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