Armenian Christmas

Peter’s Aunt Lillian

in her late eighties now

at Armenian Christmas

96th gathering of Peter’s family

forty or fifty or sixty people

we all take turns yesterday

we were in New Jersey

Lillian said to me

maybe because she knew

I was nervous

his family is divided

in what they believe

what they know how they want

this country to be Lillian explained

in 1933 the archbishop

of an Armenian church in Washington Heights

was murdered in church by some

of his congregants. About Russia,

she said.  We  did not agree, so

we made a family pact.

No politics at Christmas.

That still holds today.

Some families still don’t

talk to each other

because of the murder.

We can’t stop talking ever

said Lillian. There are just

some subjects. She gave me

her Don’t Talk look.


Esther Cohen
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