Love Tree

I know
that I shall never see
a three word poem
as sad and lovely
as the one I saw
in puberty
on the knarled trunk
of an ancient tree
carved in hollow letters
over a pierced heart —
“Joe loves Mary”
today thinly shrouded
beneath tear shaped
drops of dried sap
from that old
oak tree.


Tatul Sonentz-Papazian

Tatul Sonentz-Papazian

Tatul Sonentz-Papazian is the former editor of the Armenian Review and director of the ARF and First Republic of Armenia Archives, based in Watertown, Mass. He has been a contributor to the Armenian Weekly for over 50 years. He currently directs the Publications Department of the Armenian Relief Society.
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