In one of his works–poet Hamo Sahyan (1914-1993) sends the following message to his friends: "Never count me absent," as if prophetically knowing that even after death–he would remain with his native soil and his people.
Marking the tenth anniversary of Sahyan’s death on July 16–writers from Armenian and the Diaspora–including Shoushig Dasnabedian from Beirut and Sona Van from Los Angeles–and lovers of Sahyan’s works–gathered at his grave at the Komitas Gardens for a requiem service. They recited prose from Sahyan and lay flowers on his grave.
A native of Sissian–Armenia–Sahyan completed his studies in Baku and served in the Soviet Navy during World War II. He is the author of numerous volumes of poetry: On the Banks of Vorodan (1946)–Sail (1947)–The Rainbow in the Steppes (1953)–In Flight (1955)–Armenia in Songs (1962)–The Song of Stone Banks (1968)–and many others. Green Poplar of Nairi Hamo Sahyan You sway and swing in your emerald cloak, And shadow the road to the green fields of my childhood, Your call rings deep in the rooms of my heart, My faraway–faraway–faraway green poplar of Nairi. A green poplar caught in a green flame; With all the fire of longing I caress you from afar, You fill the fields with a rustle entirely your own, My faraway–faraway–faraway green poplar of Nairi. My happy child plays here under your shade, And with his tender rose lips–sings a song to you. Bring coolness to his heart–stand gently over him like sleepless father, My faraway–faraway–faraway green poplar of Nairi. I sing of fire and battle–desire only your love, I take up arms for you–with a life green as yours; I will die that you may always breathe free, My faraway–faraway–faraway green poplar of Nairi.