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STRIPTEASE by Grish Davtian The tawny autumn Is a flirting girl, Which throws away shirt and skirt And strips. Is it of hot? She opens her smooth breasts, Dainty legs, And her marble hips, Barely leaving A pale fig-leaf As cover... The breeze gusts, Heaves, rumbles bashfully, Sinning furtively... The tawny autumn in her puberty Is a flirting girl, And I don't know Does she keep, or Throw away The fig-leaf? The lusting shy Does not look, Does not see... O, my temples Pound with hot blasts, And pounds my heart Breathless, frantic and love-drowned In the still expanding Velvet flames of autumn... And again A bud burst open, Warms up with rosy love fervor, The redness fades with blushes... Is it from the midday-honeyed sun? A flight of bees chimes In my blood, Moans in my temples, Coquettes, Teases playfully... The tawny autumn Is a flirting girl, It reddens and crimsons, Sheds her petals and foliage, Strips, But... bashfully Leaves a fig-leaf On me... -- Grish Davtian was born in Nor Jugha, Esfahan, Iran. His work includes poetry and literary criticism written in Armenian, and, more recently, poetry written in English. He has worked as the founding editor for the Aregak monthly journal, in 1964-5 in London, and editor of the literary pages of Alik Daily newspaper, in 1980-1985 in Tehran. As a member of the Armenian Writer's Society in Iran, he has served as the vice president and president of this organization for several years. He has three books of poems published in Armenian. Now living in Glendale, CA, USA, Davtian has been in charge of the literary pages of the Asparez Daily newspaper in 1997-2001. He has initiated the Literary Asparez monthly meetings, sponsored by the Glendale Public Library. He runs a one hour weekly literary program, called Literary Ether, on Horizon Armenian TV. The book of his English poems "The Ameriacan Pulse" has recently been published by Publish America LLLP, USA. He is also the editor of The Literary Groong (TLG) webpage on the Groong Armenian News Network website.