Diaspora Wails

By : Karine Mkrdichyan

what they never tell you 

is when you leave 

when you flee 

you will 


get back 

this thing more 

gripping than genocide 

colonialism occupation war 


you will lose you 


when you take someone’s identity // you take the air out their lungs


diaspora seduction 

mythic you are 


always slipping 

out my grasp 


you cant reassemble what was 

we are shattered cross this dirt 


a dream cant be strangled 

or realized 

these cut deeper 


any government 


Karine Mkrdichyan is a writer and poet based in Los Angeles.