Daniel Varoujan: The Flickering Lamp
A poem a day
International WWI Poetry Month
The Flickering Lamp
Daniel Varoujan (Armenia, 1915)
This is a night for feast and triumph,
Pour oil into the lamp, O Bride,
My boy returns a victor from war —
Trim well, trim well the wick, O Bride.
A waggon stops before the door, beside the well,
Light up, light up the lamp, O Bride,
My boy returns, bay leaves on his brow —
Bring up, bring up the lamp, O Bride.
Lo — with grief and blood the waggon’s laden —
Hold up, hold up the lamp, O Bride.
Here lies my valiant son shot through the heart —
O…snuff out, snuff out the lamp, O Bride.