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The Literary Groong - 07/17/2004

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	THE OTHER LEAF

	by Kevork K. Kalayjian, Jr.


	high on the clouds 
	there was this one droplet 
	of condensed clouds, almost liquid, 
	water it was, and as soon as 
	the milkiness of the steam in it 
	began to disappear, the globule 
	started to see. And it was the 
	first thing, the pear shaped 
	pearl of water saw, down there
	high up on the very top of a tree 
	a green leaf ...

	this leaf was different from 
	all the others, the ones on the same tree,
	and the ones on the various nearby trees.
	The water drop struggled and scavenged
	More humidity and moisture, to gain weight,
	to store more momentum for that essential journey
	to reach, and land on that very special leaf.

	The pearl shaped globule was full-grown drop now,
	Impregnated with eagerness, overblown with anticipation, 
	filled with enthusiasm, finally freed itself from the cottony claws
	of the clouds, and started the long journey 
	towards the one and only special green leaf.

	The droplet declared its delectation, while traveling towards 
	The green leaf, full of rapture and excitement, the green leaf 
	In turn, opened to its fullest, to embrace and embosom that 
	special drop of water, their joyful screams filled the heavens
	and the earth with the wildest shrieks of nature 

	the moment of truth was inevitable,
	leaf and water, water and leaf, were coming
	closer and closer, they had almost touched each other
	when silently, the wind blew the branch aside, and ...
	the raindrop fell on another leaf.


--
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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