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THOMPSONDALE By David Kherdian We will never leave the picnic at Thompsondale our mothers ever beautiful in their summer dresses Our fathers with straw hats and colored suspenders The blanket spread upon the meadow cane poles strung bobbers dancing over the slow moving stream The grape leaves gathered in the basket will never be taken home the sandwiches will be eaten again and again And clouds will gather and part the sun will rise and recede night will come And then tomorrow again and again -- David Kherdian has published 63 books in a variety of fields, including a Bibliography of William Saroyan, three memoirs, fiction, retellings and translations, a life of the Buddha, children's books and several biographies including The Road From Home, for which he was awarded numerous awards and prizes, including a Newbery Honor Book, The Jane Adams Peace Award, The Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, and a nomination for the National Book Award. Also, for one of his novels, he was given The Friends of American Writers Award. In addition, he has edited nine anthologies, founded three small presses, and he has been the editor of three journals, including Ararat, Forkroads: A Journal of Ethnic-American Literature, and Stopinder: A Gurdjieff Journal for Our Time. David is currently editing a paper called The Tree, while compiling The Armenian-American Writer: The First Generation, which will consist of novelists, short story writers, playwrights, and poets, ranging over the last 82 years, that will also feature essays on these writers by as many second-generation Armenian-American writers.