Hovhannes Tumanian: Before a Painting by Aivazovsky

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Translation of poem by Hovhannes Tumanian


The dishevelled waves Of the sea, Colliding In foaming frenzy Rear up And gather themselves With a fearful growl While in that vast And boundless space The raging hurricane Howls.


Brush in hand, The old magician, Cries out, “Stop!” To the wild elements; Silent and docile At the master’s voice, Those glowering seas At the height of their fury, Freeze still upon the canvas Immobile in their motion: Behold them before us!