Krikor N. Der Hohannesian



Old Granary, graveyard
of loyalists and revolutionaries,
merchants and mercenaries,
poets and philistines.

Their gravestones, frost-heave skewed
cock deaf ears to the cacophony
of human industry. But listen…

in the wind shadows of ancient elm and maple

and you may hear it…

the wispy, low keening
of founding ghosts
mourning the sins of us,
their promise. Take heed,
take heed they whisper – refuge

from their judgment elusive as grace
for the inattentive, redemption
for the sinner drawing raspy breath
only in the listening …

Boston, Mass.


Krikor Der Hohannesian lives in Medford, MA. His poems published in many literary journals including The Evansville Review, The South Carolina Review, Atlanta Review, Peregrine, The New Renaissance, Hawai’i Pacific Review and Connecticut Review. His first chapbook, “Ghosts and Whispers”, was published by Finishing Line Press (2010) and was been nominated for the Pen New England and Mass Book Awards. A second chapbook, “Refuge in the Shadows”, is forthcoming in 2013 (Cervnea Barva Press).He serves as Assistant Treasurer of the New England Poetry Club.