Epigenetic Reverb

{{{strong shimmer…..}  there will be no genocide today.  no martyrs to make.

We do not waste time on trifles.
Leap, my daughter, from yourself.
Fly off the edge of tonight’s Mount\ed Ararat
if that’s what it takes.

We do not fret for your fall.
The anchoring foothills of Noah’s long journey are soft.

We do not recommend you ignore your irredentist agitation.
You won the war of self-protection over attachment
over 100 years ago and again, unwittingly, the day you were born.

{…..roaring hush}  species like us understand divinity is no easy feat.}}


She is revis(v)ed by
their iridescent whispers.

The now-imprinted
epigenetic reverb serenades, 
historical sacrificial-freedom 
tuned to self-sufficient flight.


Mount Ararat is the “holy mountain” of the Armenian people, widely accepted in Christianity as the resting place of Noah’s Ark. In the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, Ararat became a symbol of the destruction of the native Armenian population of eastern Turkey.

image of Khor Virap, an Armenian monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia, near the closed border with Turkey. Photo by Ivars Utināns on Unsplash.


Hokis is an American poet of Armenian descent. She is Founder and Senior Editor of Headline Poetry & Press and a regular contributor to Reclamation Magazine. Hokis is widely published digitally and in print. Her poetic memoir "OnBecoming: Aesthetic Evolution of This Rising Ancestor" is available on Amazon or through your indie bookstore. For more, visit hokis.blog.

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