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THE REPUBLIC OF ELSEWHERE By Kevork K Kalayjian Jr Dissolved pupils of the eye floating in search of melted conscience, pitiful, disdained mermaids turning in automatic dishwashers lost fragments of clouds deodorizing laundry bleached charcoal sitting in a powder state waiting for enough liquid vapors to solidify again under the transparent shelf below the garlic salad next to the peeled watermelon, artificially engineered to render seedless almost like the cat pruned and clawless. Dissolved intellect dwelling in cynicism discovering new explanations for all the wrongs the useless expenditures, the failing grades, The decaying health, the dull morale... failing intellect queued up at the entrance, of the comedy clubs, the dance Mecca's the unemployment lines, the stadiums, and finally at the SAT-college admissions or was it registration line Defrosted purpose made of diluted pupils to see only here and now can find no value in the past nor can envision the promise of a future Copyright © 2005 Kevork K Kalayjian Jr -- 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.