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The Literary Groong - 08/16/2003

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	ONE OF TOO

	By Kevork K. Kalayjian, Jr.

	The sky is more expensive here
	simply because there are too many windows. 

	It's no use, but you keep on trying
	You press the elevator button for the top floor,
	The lights will indicate that you are going up
	But down and down you will go 
	Till you reach the temple of faith.
	Their prayer consists of rearranging the furniture,
	Until by chance, they will find the invocation,
	The furniture arrangement, which will please their
	Gods.

	And when you are exhausted, tired of moving the
	furnishings, 
	run out to the street, and wait by the main entrance
	for the delivery man, to bring the missing parts of
	your soul,
	delivered to your door, C. O. D. 

	Remember the village, remember the farm,
	where  you did  something with your own hands,  
	you milked the cow. Now everything is sold, 
	nobody milks the cow; they just watch the animal 
	dance, in the middle of an air-conditioned auditorium.


--
Kevork K. Kalayjian, Jr.  A graduate of the AGBU's Melkonian
Educational Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus, holds a B.A. in Political
Science and Economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford,
NJ, and a M. Ed.  Counseling Psychology, from William Paterson
University, Wayne, NJ. Kevork resides in NY with his wife Maral, and
three sons Aramazt, Tro, and Ohanes.

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