Land of Kedashen

Norahyr Nina MagazineNina writer Norahyr, reflects on his first visit to Armenia. Of Armenian heritage and growing up in Baghdad, he now lives in the US. His writing will speak to anyone who has been dispossessed, and is also a poignant reminder of events in 1915, which are remembered today.

 

Land of Kedashen

When I close my eyes, the thought of Sevan1 comes to my mind rushing

I remember the old days when we climbed Arakadz2 and sang hye kacher3

When can I be back when can I smell the sun on Yerevan again

I pray the day comes I see my family in the land of Kedashen4

 

And now that I’m here I can’t

Help but remember the good happy days

Those days when I felt fulfilled

Are gone and my heart aches nights and days

 

Walking down the streets of New Orleans, The smell of bourbon whips me a slap

Live rock and jazz and karaoke nights, I sing I dance I make love all night

I remember what we did in Yerevan I remember how we rolled

We chanted, and clapped and drank genats5.

The crowd was full with love and pride

 

And now that I’m here I can’t

Help but remember the good happy days

Those days when I felt fulfilled

Are gone and my heart aches nights and days

 

I write these words to bring me the memories through the oceans and Saharas

I should not need to write these words. I shouldn’t miss those days.

Yerevan is my land and my soil but now it is only my summer spoil.

Please take me back, hold me tight and let me lean on you Ararat6

 

The day will come I know it’s true

I will be back I promise soon

My flight one way will not return

My life will start in land I strive

 

 

 

  1. Sevan: It is the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world, it is situated in the central part of the Republic of Armenia, in the Gegharkunik Province, at the altitude of 1,900 m (6,200 ft) above sea level.
  2. Arakadz: it’s the highest point in Armenia (4901m). It’s located in the North Western part of Armenia’s capital city, Yerevan. It has a sentimental value to Armenians.
  3. Hyekacher: a popular Armenian revolutionary song, meaning “Armenian braves”
  4. 4. kedashen: an Armenian city in the northern part of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic)
  5. Genats: Armenian word for “toast” or “cheers.
  6. Ararat: it’s the mountain where the Ark of Noah landed, according to the Bible. Ararat mountain is on the land that is now in Turkey.

 

 

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