By Natalie Kamajian (Guest Contributor)
The Unity of my people.
Depends on my legs and internal rhythms
knowing these dances better than I do.
My soul understands the meaning of unity.
To be united, is to reach
beyond the self
& to become
Why speak of social change when we know not how to trust in Armenian dance?
Armenian dance is…
it is wisdom //
Armenian dance knocks you off of your ego,
and tells you to shut up, and F.E.E.L.
Feel the Dhol. Feel your brothers and sisters. And Move.
Ձախ—ձախ, աչ աչ ձախ—աչ աչ ձախ
“say it in your sleep,” said one ֆեդայի
“you will need it one day”, said Մայրիգ
To surrender to your movement
is to resist your erasure.
When you dance Մշո Խըռ…
Natalie Kamajian works at a community and economic development organization designing innovative solutions to responsibly revitalize low-income, urban areas around Los Angeles. After living in Հայաստան for a year she unearthed, as Charlemagne once put it, “her second soul.” She is an inbetweener: never here nor there, never making sense and never wanting to and liking it that way. Natalie loves to write but she feels life moves too fast, its moments too precious sometimes to do anything other than live it. Lover of lavender ice cream, homemade halva and handmade soaps; Gardening’s worst gardener and biggest fan; and best friend to both the young & elderly but not really the folks in between causing all the trouble. She practices traditional Armenian ethnographic folk dancing and will revel at any chance to do a mean Մշո Խըռ to some live dhol and zurna. She will gladly bring out her inner թագուհի when necessary and believes that only when she contradicts herself, is she able to seek truth. Check out her other poems, These Miraculous Hands and Kochari.