October 7, 2023
The streets of Stepanakert are lined
The streets surrounding Stepanakert are lined
Echoes from the past become louder
As children cry sitting among these bags
filled with their toys of little lions and teddy bears.
They say history repeats itself.
Pray it repeats itself.
Long ago when an entire civilization was almost destroyed,
And their bodies threatened by the enemy to be fed to vultures and tossed to wolves
Without a grave,
Without a rite,
Without a prayer,
It was a bag that saved them.
A shepherd’s bag.
had his bag,
his five smooth stones,
his faith that God would not forsake him.
The Armenian youth of Stepanakert
Also face the giant with just their bags.
We must all be their rocks.
Our voices must be as loud as the vortex of air surrounding the sling
as David snapped it back
and slew Goliath.
Amy Haiganoush Keyishian is a graduate from Hofstra University in New York and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. After teaching high school literature and writing for almost a decade at Oceanside High School, she pursued a second career in Financial Compliance and holds ACAMS accreditation. She currently resides in New York City.
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