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EXILE By Sako Arian You choose exile; Exile is not a fruit that grows old And falls from a sad yellow tree. Exile is not a manna that falls from the sky... No matter how much it wears out, You feel that it is renewed in you and you feel it sowing seeds in your eyes. ..... Exile opens new roads, New untidy chambers, Rooms filled with dirty plates, And badly ironed shirts, An empty can of caviar! And a cursing neighbourExile has no cafes, where good old friends are lost Especially literary friends! And those who write Do so for their own satisfaction... They.... Sonya with her old pains, Sevan and his green hopes, Koorken with his poetic nostalgia, Manoyan and his doubts. ... Exile Where Ishkhan Jinbashian writes but only About his daily silence! Vahe is busy most of the time And never writes about your exile ...His answers are short Only one line. And the old poets who took your address And promised to answer in your exile! Friends far from me. Some of them in old exiled towns; I think of them now I think of Taner Akcham I think of his exile. .... Exile Where my students Are near me. A deep endless exile Which leads you to a new perfection Where you can wash your dirty plates Your green nostalgia Exile~ Copyright © 2000 Sako Arian. SAKO Arian was born in 1972 in Bourdj-Hamoud, Lebanon. He studied in Beirut. In 1997 he published his first book of poetry in Armenian entitled "Tartam Toqer" (Hesitant Lines). In 2000 he published his second book entitled "Kanai Harsanik" (Marriage in Cana). His poems have been published in Open Letter Magazine, in Los Angeles, and Literary Horizon, in Montreal. Currently he teaches Armenian language in Melkonian Educational Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus. Recently he has started writing poems in English too.