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In memory of Doctor Dahesh's passing on April 9, 1984, we offer the following tribute...







For April 9, 2009

Poem and Narration by Sandrine Altchoukian
Flute Score Composed and Performed by Astrid Altchoukian




Are You Still Here?

From up yonder,
From so far away,
From so near,
I see you.

Across the thick sea of clouds,
I am here.

Your prayers reach me,
Vapors of distress and songs of joy,
Rise, pierce me.

Evanescent expectations, persist again,
Transported by the wind,
Farther away,
Beyond this fluffy rampart.

How soft they are,
How white they are,
Nothing permits foreboding that which they veil,
Draping misery,
Enshrouded, your souls haloed and shipwrecked and yet, yes yet...

I am indeed here,
Are you still here?

Present for yourselves?
Do not lose yourselves,
Look at yourselves: For my sake, for yours ...

A sacred alliance unites you to one another,
Invisible link, indisputable,
You cry to me,
I cry over the indifference,
The disdain that you display ...
One towards the other.

Who will understand?
No one shall be saved by leaving behind his brother, his blood, his flesh.
You are born from the same vein,
I watch you suffocate your Source,
Without comprehending: Might this be the fruit of my Love for you?

Your prayers reach me across the sky that becomes heavy,
I am here, I watch, I observe you ...
There is still time,
But time accelerate its race,

I am there,
Are you still there?

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Pour le 9 Avril 2009

Êtes-vous toujours là ?

De là-haut,
De si loin,
De si près,
Je vous vois.

Par-delà l'épaisse mer de nuages,
Je suis là.

Vos prières me parviennent,
Vapeurs de détresse et chants d'allégresse,
S'élèvent, me transpercent.

Espérances évanescentes, persistez encore,
Transportées par le vent,
Plus loin,
Au-delà de ce rempart floconneux.

Comme ils sont doux,
Comme ils sont blancs,
Rien ne laisse présager ce qu'ils voilent,
Drapant la misère,
Nimbées, auréolées vos âmes naufragées et pourtant, oui pourtant ...

Je suis bien là,
Etes-vous toujours là ?

Présents à vous-même ?
Ne vous égarez point,
Regardez-vous : Pour Moi, Pour vous ...

Une Alliance Sacrée vous unit les uns aux autres,
Lien invisible, incontournable,
Vous me pleurez,
Je pleure sur l'indifférence,
Le dédain que vous déployez
Les uns envers les autres.

Qui comprendra ?
Nul ne sera sauvé en laissant derrière lui son frère, son sang, sa chair.
Vous êtes nés de la même veine,
Je vous regarde étouffer votre Source,
Sans comprendre : Serait-ce là le fruit de Mon Amour pour vous ?

Vos prières me parviennent par-delà le ciel qui se fait lourd,
Je suis là, je veille, je vous observe ...
Il est encore temps,
Mais le temps accélère sa course,

Je suis là,
Êtes-vous toujours là ?


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Original French Poem Written and Narrated by: Sandrine Altchoukian

Flute Score Composed and Performed by: Astrid Altchoukian

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Beautiful... Beautiful everything; words, music and video... Thank you for this wonderful and touching memorial.

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