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Silva Zanoyan Merjanian

 

Happiness

 

Are you happy he'd ask

pulling me to him

how can I not be I'd say

this is heaven

here

with you

 

watching the Jet d'Eau from our terrace

shoot up 140 feet in the air

and rain down in thousands

of shimmering diamonds on Lake Leman

 

some forever caught in clasped eyelashes

 

what would a beautiful lake know

of what I left behind in hell

walked out with a suitcase

his ring on my finger led

 

Rive Gauche lights, colorful fishnets glistened on the bank

caught in guilt, fresh writhing wet

yet the lake remained stolid

 

are you happy he’d ask

I would kiss him, yes, yes

carefully circling the edge

Silva Zanoyan Merjanian is an internationally published poet residing in Southern California. She released the first volume her poems, Uncoil a Night in 2013 with all proceeds donated to Syrian Armenian Relief Fund. Some of the publications she’s been featured in are ; Streetcake Magazine, Miracle-ezine , The Literary Groong, Mad Swirl, The Galway Review, The Artistic Muse, Poet’s Basement at Counterpunch.org, an international political newsletter, The Oddity, Red Fez, Young Men’s Perspective volume 3, Munyori Literary journal, Ygdrasil, a Journal of the Poetic Arts, and The Orignial Van Goghs Ear. She is proud to be part of the Anthologies ‘The Art of Being Human- An Anthology of International Poetry’, volume 3 and 6. Sagittarius, The Inspired Heart, Editions 1 & 2, a collection of International Poetry by publisher Melinda Cochrane, the Blue Max Review, and Songs For Julia :An Anthology by Julia Priest. Silva was shortlisted for the Fermoy International Poetry Competition 2012, and was invited to Ireland in August 2013 to introduce her book Uncoil a Night. She is invited again to read summer 2014.