Michael Thompson, a member of Baltimore Monthly Meeting of Friends (Homewood) in Baltimore, Maryland (USA), wrote these poems while in Armenia.
Dawn Comes to Yerevan
As the morning sun rises from the east,
The gray that wakens man and beast
Slowly lightens over sleeping Yerevan.
The sun crests Aragat's shoulder and takes a timid peek
At sister Ararat, who, in return, proffers a snow-white cheek,
All the while smiling gently down upon the morning flower Yerevan.
Far below, the people rise, from their slumber they are drawn,
Lest the hour grow too late to catch the new day's dawn,
And see the sun brightly christen another day in joyful Yerevan.
Nestled in the valley between two inspiring peaks,
The people's warmth, their hope and character, bespeaks
An enduring faith that daily overcomes the challenge Yerevan.
And radiantly the sun into this peaceful valley comes
Restoring light and hope to everyone;
And thus, as always, dawn does come to the city Yerevan.
(27 March 95)
A Light Which Shines Within
There is a light which shines within this city, This city whose lights stay dark. There is a light which shines within this house, This house which darkness does not mark. There is a light which shines within, Which darkness can never fade. . . For this light is not of candle made, Nor that of burning wood. For this light is not of electric type, Nor battery, or other good. For this light is man's invention, But cannot by man be made. . . This light of which I speak within this home is led, A home by blessed grace and family love well fed. This light of which I speak is by the spirit bred, A spirit transformed by faith and by the breaking of the bread. This light of which I speak is the light of God within, The light that love hath made. . . The light that love hath made, That we may know no sin. The light that sacrificed itself, That we may live again. The light which liveth still, Awaiting judgment day. . . There is this light which burns within, Whose price cannot be paid. There is this light which lives within, And in his image made. This is this light which shines within, May it bless and keep you ev'ry day. (30 March 1995)Click here to return to the Quaker Electronic Archive's Main Page.