Sun Kissed Days

Sun Kissed Days

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Erase Me Not




Erase a memory.
Erase a generation.
Erase life.
Bury the memory,
bury lives.
Blood on your hands.
Stains on your soul.
The moon and stars weep
the moon and stars witnessed the massacre.
The moon and stars witnessed sorrow rise into survival,
despair into hope,
darkness into light.
Erase a memory.
Erase the past.
Erase me not.
The legacy in my veins,
my voice carried by the wind.
My seeds scattered over distant lands,
stories unfold,
stories retold,
stories never forgotten.


This is dedicated to my husband, his family and the Armenian people. Today is the remembrance day of the Armenian genocide. Recently I wrote a poem about my husband's grandfather and how he saved a train full of children during that time. He was a brave young boy that grew up and shared his stories with my husband. We retell from one generation to another, the sorrow and triumph.  1.5 million Armenians were murdered and the Ottoman Empire- Turkey today will not acknowledge  the murders of the Armenians. I am adding the link to the poem that I wrote about my husband's grandfather here, http://asunkissedlife-ayala.blogspot.com/2011/12/potato-in-his-pocket.html . Please meet us here, http://dversepoets.com/ where we share our thoughts and our hearts.

113 comments:

  1. Another great tribute, and one must always remember or doomed to repeat, even if humans seem stupid enough to repeat such acts anyway.

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  2. beautiful tribute, Ayala! and so true. living forever is what hero's, good people and the innocent do best. Couldn't have wrote it better myself!
    thank you for sharing such a beautiful part of you :)

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    1. Thank you, Hope. I appreciate it.

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  3. Moving words Ayala. I especially like this line, "My seeds scattered over distant lands,
    stories unfold,stories retold, stories never forgotten."

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    1. Thank you, Rudri. Stories never forgotten !

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  4. smiles...i am def more for letting the seed scatter and the stories free like birds...really a lovely tribute ayala...never forgotten

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  5. strong powerful poem, a voice that reminds.

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  6. so terrible when things like these happen...a wonderful tribute ayala.. and good to tell and re-tell the stories from generation to generation...

    The legacy in my veins,
    my voice carried by the wind.
    My seeds scattered over distant lands...this is beautiful

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    1. Thank you, Claudia. So important to remember and to honor the memory.....

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  7. hmm...its sad...I am sorry about being ignorant of the fact...I will try to search for what had happened and will come back...

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  8. Ayala, Very powerful--each line rings like a drumbeat. This is almost primitive and visceral in its intensity. The Genocide is one of the things that must always be kept in the light.

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  9. brute force words laid down with passion and pure honesty...nothing I can say can do justice the sentiment and horrific background to this poem- this hits like a hammer

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    1. Thank you, Stu. So many heartbreaking stories.

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  10. I agree, no crimes against humanity should ever be forgotten by anyone not, go unpunished. I have to belive that thoise guilty in the end will be made to pay for their crimes, if not in this world, then the next, in hell.
    Your family are right to [pass down the story, it is one of love triumphing over evil and needs to never be forgotten.

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    1. Thank you, Bren. It is love triumphing over evil.

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  11. This wonderful piece of poetry is a testament to all those who lost their lives. If we who are left do not remember them, their very blood will cry from the ground. I especially love the refrain: Erase a memory, erase a generation, erase life. Bold, profound, and powerful!

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  12. Reads like a mantra, powerful and redeeming ~

    And may we never forget those times and generation ~

    Lovely words ~

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    1. Thank you, Grace. If we tell the stories from one generation to another then the stories won't be forgotten.

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  13. Such an amazing tribute love! Let the seeds scatter and forever bloom...history is not so easily erased! Awesome piece! xoxo

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  14. Interesting to me that I wrote a poem on war, and I come to your blog and you write about Armenian genocide. And yes, may we never forget all the people who were senselessly killed, senselessly lost. Thank you for this poem.

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I appreciate it.

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  15. A beautiful tribute, Ayala. May the stories never be allowed to die.

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  16. Thanks for this. It is still amazing what a heated issue in Turkey--it's a very well written poem. K.

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  17. Very moving. Erase is an awful thought. May we always remember.

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  18. Yes, we need to retell the stories. Powerful words, Ayala.

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  19. Lest we forget!! We should remember the tragic history so we learn never to repeat them... I think sometimes we have trouble with that... powerful poem!

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  20. Thanks for reminding us, ayala--both of the horrors that men commit, and of the survival and hope and good that lives in spite of them. This is simply and very effectively written, and very moving.

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    1. Thank you, Joy. It is about hope and good in spite of evil.

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  21. I have a long-time friend who is of Armenian descent and this atrocity must be recognized. Thank you for reminding us, in this age of too much information that it's really that we don't get enough of the truth, enough of history, enough of the voices that need to be heard.

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  22. there is a density, a gravitational pull to the compassion of your writing I always feel when I stop by Ayala...your family, your husband's...have suffered and healed, healing others through your wisdom...I feel such gratitude for the privilege of learning from your lives, your history.

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    1. Thank you, dear Laura. I am humbled by your kind words. xo

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  23. Erase me not...my voice carried on the wind - seeds. These are powerful images. I feel so strongly that our histories and stories should be passed down...and your voice is such a strong one as you write about the lessons and blessings your family history has passed down through you. This is just beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Adrienne. I feel that I must tell some of the stories and keep the memory alive.

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  24. A very touching, straight forward write. Loved the honesty of ur voice and genuine tone. I believe the passion in your message.

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    1. Thank you, Henry. I appreciate your comment.

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  25. Delete the memory
    Delete the past
    Delete me not.

    It is why I attend an AA meeting every morning at 7 AM. Do NOT wish to forget my past--nor dwell in it.

    While yet a child, my older cousins told and retold to me their experiences in WWII in Pacific (Bataan) and North Africa, and as B-17 Bomber crew-Peeps. I have some stories yet on tape. You have reminded me to transcribe to DVD and to tell my grandsons the stories. THANK YOU!
    "Delete me not!"

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    1. Steve, you make me smile. Don't wait tell them the memories now. :)

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  26. A fine tribute, Ayala. Thank you for taking the time to write these poems and combine them with the historical information. Beautiful

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  27. Your poem helps ensure that their stories will not be forgotten. A beautifully written poem with an important message.

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  28. There is paradoxical beauty in honoring them



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  29. Ayala, you have such a way. I remember the poem about your grandfather... I am amazed at the gift of your understanding and ability to retell this. Thank you.

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  30. Ayala I'm so glad you included author notes. It gives me something concrete to attach your poem to.

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  31. Love the piece. The repetition is beautifully done. The message underneath the poem is touching. I Truly feel for any nation of people that have to go through tragedies, but especially the man made kind, such a testament to bravery and courage in saving those children. Great post Ayala. Thanks

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    1. Thank you, Fred. I apprecite your sentiment.

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  32. Your poem is inspiring. One wants to respond to it with more and a different poem. The killing fields continue and horror, terror and destruction occurs every day in our world. Your poem points out those terrors and inspires hope for survival. One can only pray for the day these terrors cease and there is at least understanding and patience if not peace.

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    1. Gay, one can only hope..and by keeping the memory alive, i hope it won't be repeated.

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  33. Lest we forget..../ This is a fine tribute to your husband's family and the Armenian people. Thank you for reminding us, however painful.

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  34. Intense and deeply moving. We must always try to tell the truth and expose man's infinite capacity for cruelty. Fine job.

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  35. Truly a horrific crime against humanity...a fitting & powerful tribute, Ayala...the moon and stars would have wept indeed.... :(

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  36. the things mankind does to itself... thank you for sharing this with us.

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    1. True..the things mankind does...thanks, Joanna.

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  37. Oh, wow. Immensely powerful and moving. The short lines and repetition are quite effective in conveying your message, imo.

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  38. Telling our own stories and that of our loved ones is so important. This is a wonderful tribute and in time would be a gem of history.

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  39. You have a sensitive way of telling this story; this is powerful, and it is important not to forget.

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  40. Terrific Ayala-- the refrain Erase me not is so evocative and layered in meaning. This is indeed what we have done and continue to try to do to one another both on cultural and personal levels. I love hearing of your oral tradition. Many thanks for reading me..xxxj

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  41. The repetition and directness are very effective here

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  42. you pay honorable tribute. the histories of the victims is the real story of humankind.

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  43. It's a moving episode that generations would remember not just with sadness but with pride of a people. Great write, ayala!

    Hank

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  44. Unbelievable that the Turkish Government will still not acknowledge and apologise formally (as eg Japan did). V touching, Ayala

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    1. It is unbelievable Luke. Once they acknowledge it the healing can take place.

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  45. Another beautiful poem that breaks my heart a bit for the atrocities and sadness of so many, still reverberating today.

    You are a very special lady from a very special family, Ayala.

    xoxo

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  46. Powerful, beautiful, moving, unforgettable.

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  47. I'll admit I do not know that much about the Armenian genocide but I'd like to. And your "stories retold" help. Beautiful words, we have to remember those who have suffered so that the next generations know what to guard against.

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    1. It's not told enough...and it should be so more people can be aware. I retell the stories of my family surviving the holocaust and my husband's family surviving the genocide for my children and for other children so they can learn from the past never to let it happen again.

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  48. You have a powerful way with words, Ayala. You always make me feel fortunate to have read them.

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    1. Thank you, Mel. So nice of you to say. :)

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  49. It is so important to keep these stories alive, that future generations may learn from them and grow from them so that the horrors are never repeated. Thank you for sharing this, ayala.

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  50. If memory serves me correctly, Turkey is under pressure to recognize the genocide in order to become fully integrated in the EU.

    Thanks for raising awareness so beautifully.

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    1. Thank you, Lady Jennie. They still won't acknowledge it :(

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  51. A lovely tribute. Thank you for sharing it.

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  52. Whew! Powerful & emotionally stirring. Sharing the background really made it all the more incredible to read.

    So glad I read this today. And I'm always appreciative of your visits & comments as well!

    r.m. @ newviewfromhere.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you, r.m. So important to talk about crimes against humanity...I hope that keeping the memory alive will not let history repeat itself.

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  53. You took something terrible and made something beautiful. Be proud of that.

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  54. So beautiful and poignant. Thank you for remembering and for helping us to remember and learn...there is so much that many of us aren't even fully aware of. I think it's wonderful that your family stories have continued to be kept well and alive.

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    1. Thank you, Cecilia. I appreciate it.

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