Memory Boxes

Posted: May 26, 2018 in What Pegman Saw
Tags: , , ,

Today Pegman took us to Armenia. I got lost in the beautiful photographs of the country then absorbed by the sad history.

You assumed I died in the Sheykhalan fire.
I am still here.
And so are you for I recorded your stories
of hatred and stored them in my memory boxes,
each marked with a name.

Aslan (Lion): Broke into our home to slit the throats of our men.
Erol (Courage): Coward. Stuck my father’s head on a spike beside our kitchen door.
Tutku (Desire): Raped my mother and me then forced us to walk naked under the Mesopotamian sun.
Haluk (Happy): When we cried out for water, you gave us vinegar instead.

I stored thousands of your hate-stories but now, for balance, I must pull out a few of our own.

Aeron: Danced across the sand in silvery moonlight until we clapped and began to sing.
Havik: Sheltered the smallest of us within his enormous, naked shadow.
Poghos: Threw me out the window and saved me from the flames.


  1. Great take on the prompt. It’s such a beautiful place, and bears such a stain from the violence.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. k rawson says:

    What a beautiful tribute. Hints at the beauty through the tragedy. Gave me chills!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jelli says:

    Ohhh, that one is beautiful, Alicia. So beautiful that I had to read it more than once. So sad, and yet there’s hope. Great write!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Dale says:

    Beautifully done, Alicia.

    By the way… to add your inLinkz code… when you are typing your story, there are two tabs: One which says “visual” (which is where you type your story from) and the other says “text” – this second one is where you copy the code for the inLinkz. Once you’ve done that, you come back to your “visual” tab where you will see your blue frog!

    Hope this helps… 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  5. pennygadd51 says:

    You’ve found a beautiful way of describing how love and goodness can oppose evil. It’s a great metaphor, and you’ve used it very effectively and inspiringly. Kudos!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. James Pyles says:

    It was jarring to see Aslan depicted in such a manner since I always think of him in the context of the Narnia Chronicles. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Dear Lish,

    It seems we hall went the same direction, but in our own different ways. Lovely writing for an ugly history. Well done.



    Liked by 1 person

  8. Lynn Love says:

    Love that mix of ethnic words and imagery, the tragedy with the beauty and a tinge of hope for the future that at least one life has been saved. Glorious, beautiful, moving

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Joy Pixley says:

    Oh, this one made me cry. Remembering the goodness amidst all that evil, very touching.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. lisarey1990 says:

    Stunningly written.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. A deeply moving story, even more so by the understated way the crimes are described. I felt sad, angry and touched by the ending. Well told.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. prior.. says:

    such a rich history and “:humanities” piece – and hate to pull out a line from the coheisve flow – but the energy in this poignant line (and where it came in) was nice:

    Danced across the sand in silvery moonlight until we clapped and began to sing.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.