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The Literary Groong - 01/23/2010

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		CEDARS

	By Michael E. Stone


	In the mountains of Lebanon,
	high stands of cedars,
	majestic green witnesses,
	a thousand years silent but
	still 2,000 years younger
	than those felled by Hiram,
	Solomon's royal friend,
	floated to Jaffa and
	worked by Tyrrian carpenters,
	who knew the wood,
	whose hands coaxed forth
	its lustre and its depth.

	Cedars from Lebanon,
	for King Solomon's Temple.

	Cedar oil poured on a scroll,
	against mould and worms.
	Cedar burns on the altar
	pleasing fragrance rises
	up to heaven.


--
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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