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MR. KALFAYAN'S POEM By Y. Stephan Bulbulian The entire history of Armenians In Fresno rests at the Ararat Cemetery; The good people, famous personalities, Unscrupulous con-artists, notorious characters. On Sunday morning, there is no direct sun light Shining on the memorial of the 8,000 residents Of the City of Chungoush, perished in 1915, Or the mass grave of the unknown orphans. There is no surprise at the young ages, Nearly forgotten names and familiar faces In the oval pictures on the gravestones. The old Lincoln stops on the narrow path Between the veterans of foreign wars And all of the Armenian survivors, now dead. In disarray, his shoes wet from the dew, He assembles roses of red and yellow From his own garden, in a large glass jar. Arranging the flowers, he places them In two impressive marble stones, One for he and his wife, The other for his parents; The stepfather, who gave him his name. His stone marriage-bed is half-empty. In the oval picture his hair is black. There is no date, only the inscription: "to-where, from-where?" "My brother is buried in a pauper's grave", He told us, "in Switzerland. My two sisters in Cairo." He breaks the glass jar and cuts his hand. I assemble the pieces and rush them away. "This is all I have," he says. Tears pour forth from reddened slits Like sweat from a day's labor. "I come here twice a week". Fowler, CA. Y. Stephan Bulbulian writes poems about Armenian life in the Diaspora, farming, heritage, and life in Fowler, California. Mr. Bulbulian's poetry has appeared in The Armenian Weekly, Asbarez, Nor Hayastan, and Hye Sharzoom. His poems have been anthologized in Vintage, 1994 and Vintage 1995, published by the Poets Of The Vineyard. Mr. Bulbulian was recently anthologized in Armenian Town, 6 Fresno Armenian-American Poets, published by the William Saroyan Society. His poetry is regularly featured in Ararat, a quarterly literary journal published by the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU). Mr. Bulbulian was the 1990 AGBU Art Award winner for poetry. He is a member of the Fresno Poets Association, the New England Poetry Club, Poets Of The Vineyard and resides in Fowler, CA. Copyright © 2001 Y. Stephan Bulbulian