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`1915' By Meredith Z Avakian Call me genocide Call me rape Call me extermination Call me slaughter Call me massacre But never call me a lie The systemized, strategized murder of masses to a particular demographic The havoc The elimination, extermination planned to a nation The concentration camps...before Jews were stamped My people were cramped Into mass burial graves We were not born as slaves Yet forced to behave By means of obey A God that's not ours And give our bodies for free And by give I mean take Because there's nothing consensual about cold-blooded rape Followed by slaughter To mothers and daughters While the heads of men became trophies and sat on sticks Till all the blood drained out It's straight sick As if that's not enough They were put on display As a lesson to obey But the damage was done Before we could run Because we were forced to march Until the end was the start And the start was the end Starved. Hung. Shot. Raped. Dehydrated. Just to name a few Of the obstacles to die through Antagonized. Sadamized. Ridiculed and more How dare they call it a war Call me genocide Call me rape Call me extermination Call me slaughter Call me massacre But never call me a lie -- Meredith `MZA' Avakian is a spoken word performance poet who has been writing poetry for nearly a decade. During the last several years, she has been performing at open mics, poetry slams, talent shows and art showcases and Armenian churches throughout the East Coast. Her work focuses on life in its rawest essence - love, hate, politics, ethnicity and sex. MZA is a native of New Jersey, but currently resides in Philly, where she graduated from Temple University with a degree in public relations. She currently serves as the editor of DuPont Network News, the DuPont Co.'s daily, global, electronic newsletter.