top of page
4:30 A.M. – The Birds

A winged symphony

greets aurora’s first shafts

and lightly comes to whisper

in sleep-filled ears. The song

is sweet but not the milky remedy

for the lead ball of discord

that sours the stomach.


Were I one of them

I should carry a lighter load,

my every whim buoyed

by fanciful wings, and I would

have a song to sing at journey’s end.

Krikor Der Hohannesian’s poems have appeared in over 275 literary journals including The South Carolina Review, Atlanta Review, Louisiana Literature, Connecticut Review, Comstock Review and Natural Bridge. He is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and author of three books, “Ghosts and Whispers” (Finishing Line Press, 2010), “Refuge in the Shadows” (Cervena Barva Press, 2013) and "First Generation” (Dos Madres Press, 2020).“Ghosts and Whispers” was a finalist for the Mass Book awards poetry category in 2011. First Generation was selected as a “must read” by Mass Book Awards in 2021.

bottom of page