Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Sunday Poet: Krikor Der Hohannesian

Krikor Der Hohannesian  photo by Zvi Sesling

Krikor Der Hohannesian lives in Medford, MA. His poems have appeared in over 150 literary journals including The Evansville Review, The South Carolina Review, Atlanta Review, Louisiana Literature, Connecticut Review and Natural Bridge. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of two chapbooks,“Ghosts and Whispers” (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and “Refuge in the Shadows” (Cervena Barva Press, 2013). “Ghosts and Whispers” was a finalist for the Mass Book awards poetry category in 2011.

...The following poem is on the death of Diana Der-Hovanessian--former President of the New England Poetry Club. 


Instinct does not lie,
I should have listened.
We hadn’t spoken for a while
and, just days before, I thought
I must call. Instead, it was I
Who was called

There would be no more
long conversations
about family, poetry, the club
and all those crazy Armenians.
Now only memories
as delicious as our mother’s
home cooking

I should have been there
to hold your hand
one last time, to lend comfort
as we would all wish to be comforted.
Alas, intent – such an empty vessel
Rest easy, dear lady

--  Krikor Der Hohannesian 


  1. Very nice tonal poem for a very nice lady

  2. Wonderful poem, poignant, and says it all.

  3. A prolific and profound guy!

  4. A beautiful tribute. We will miss her. Thank you, Krikor.

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