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Panegyric of the Light By Armenoui Minassian Fireflies unbending Twinkle in the night, The murk is disturbing In a wink by the light. And even such fleeting But noble revelation Of light is becoming An unfading vision. The light is kind, is bold, The light is just and saint, It's honesty untold And the sign unfeigned. The fearless are born To open new passes, To shine like a pharos Upon the uncharted seas. The heroes are falling But becoming new stars, That light reigns as a king From the Venus till Mars. I am singing this song Of all fallen heroes That among the living Their endeavors never die. I am bowing my head For new rising heroes, Giving my thanks ahead For their mission and course. The light is kind, is bold The light is just and saint, It's honesty untold And the sign unfeigned. Armenoui Minassian was born in the village of Mughni in Ashtarak District, Armenia in 1954. In 1971 she graduated from #1 Secondary School of Ashtarak city with honors, nominated for a Gold Medal. In 1977 she graduated from the Yerevan State University with a Masters degree in Armenian Language and Literature and in Teaching. For several years she worked as a teacher in #155 Secondary school of Yerevan. Armenoui started to write poetry when she was 10. Her first poem was broadcast by Armenian radio when she was in the third grade. She received her first award for reading her poetry in the Scholastic Olympics competition in 1966. Her first article was published in the Ashtarak district Newspaper in 1972. Although she never stopped writing, being a mother and having a full-time job took much of her time for the next 20 years. Armenoui migrated to the United States in 1993. In 2001, a collection of her poetry was published in Los Angeles under the title "Veratsnund". Her poems have appeared in "Hi Life", "Asbarez", "Azdarar", "New Mirage Quarterly" and in several anthologies including "The Best Poets and Poems of 2002". Her new poetry collection "Mundane Yearnings", written in Armenian, is ready for publication. Recently she started to write song lyrics both in English and Armenian.