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Silva Zanoyan Merjanian

 

Under My Skin

 

My pen thrust under gordian ribs

you bled in pigments of melancholy

on Egyptian cotton 

thread count in verses of lament

 

 

you lay in piles of edit

 

 

silence under my skin

 

 

rain was merciless that year

digging you from every landfill

 

 

you, in jazz of ebrious nights

you, on lips sipid  leftover wine

 

 

absence rising to crescendo

your name slavers on repining spring

 

 

silence prises terete sighs

I wake a poem slipping through cracks

in quiver of fingers I once kissed  

 

 

In Veno Veritas

 

In debauchery one nostril flared

fulcrum tip at the sparrow's head

mirada ignored

alight on a solo dance

 

a dare, a missed step, a blushing fall sans grace

 

come morning

dry tongue smoldered to a name

murmured past midnight

on salted lies

sediments of magnum wine

a buzz in a draft 

maudlin solitas on one side of a four poster bed

 

milonga of words used to suffice

but for the duende of a night 

soaked in jasmine and French lyrics 

rising with a tremor between strings of a guitar

 

 

 

 

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.