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The Literary Groong - 12/20/2003

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	Aram's Ararad

	by Bedros Afeyan


	Warping walls of sorrow
	Deforming memories of Ancient Cities
	That golden past - undefeated through faith
	Spit upon by fate's random drawing masquerade

	We sing of hope and endless summer blossoms
	Hear our village songs embrace us for the winter
	Of dissolution, assimilation, deprivation

	Yet out children dance to Sayat Nova, sing of Gomidas
	And celebrate a hundred years past Khatchadourian
	With pride, reverence and Armenian Ararad.

	Survive or parish facing hoards of barbarians
	Unwashable, unabashed
	Survive or stagnate in a world of wonders
	And wicked winds of tempting scripted denials.

	WE SHALL NOT!

	Steadfast we laugh, remark
	Remake and remain resolved
	On this side of a mystical paradise.


	Bedros Afeyan
	11-15-03
	St. John Armenian Church, SF, CA
	A Centennial Celebration Concert of Aram Khatchadourian's birth


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Dr. Bedros Afeyan is a theoretical physicist who works and lives in
the Bay area with his wife, Marine. He writes in Armenian and in
English and also paints and sculpts. Samples of his work can be found
on the web by clicking on his personal web pages at:
http://208.177.152.139/

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