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The Literary Groong - 06/12/2004

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	A Poem by Hovhannes Shiraz
	Translated from Armenian by Knarik O. Meneshian


	Snow falls,
	flutters down
	like angel-wing feathers
	upon my mother's grave.

	Snow falls,
	piles high
	like a tombstone
	on the distant grave.

	Snow falls,
	and God gently lays
	snow flake upon snow flake
	so that my mother,
	pained long ago by Life,
	will not hurt again.

	Snow falls,
	and turns to marble.
	God Himself
	carves my mother's tombstone.


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Knarik O. Meneshian is a writer and teacher. She lives with her family
in Glenview, Illinois. She has taught English in Armenia in the
village of Jrashen (Spitak Region)in 1991, and in Gyumri in 2002-2003.
She has published works in both Armenian and American publications,
has authored the book "Reflections," a collection of poems, and has
translated Rev. D. Antreassian's book, "Musa Dagh, The Banishment of
Zeitoun and Suedia's Revolt" from the Armenian into English.

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