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VILAYETS OF VILIPENDS By Bedros Afeyan Letters do fly and words often fall Symbols crinkle, dissemble, crawl White canvas with dark jaunty jesters Lengthy islands chain, drum in sequins Shallow sea beds teasing, resisting villipends. Paws prance with Poe, pensive parapets Dream Pamphleteers, stretch vortices into hymns Poe Am I, Poe do I crave, poem ending mopes To follow vilipensive, jagged ornaments. With a breath recirculant, heating brass instrument caverns -- to sing, Like Delilah holding the severed head of an angel -- to dance, For the earth to move under this very pen, rearrange its ugliest sins, Abandon its stabbing instruments at the altar of a trembling virgin's vitrine. Indigo halogen heroines followed the rhythms signaled by a welcoming river's skin Died abducted deaths, shrouded resolution, unspeakable in their genes While conquering mujahideen, thrust their swords as a bloodlust addict's fix Yet to manage maudlin mea culpae, fostering forgiveness, resuscitating a reprieve In the shadows of our ancient churches turned to barns Turned to tears, tearing at our seams. Bedros Afeyan 12-2-2007 Santa Fe, New Mexico -- Dr. Bedros Afeyan is a theoretical physicist who works and lives in the Bay area with his wife, Marine. He writes in Armenian and in English and also paints and sculpts. Samples of his work can be found on the web by clicking on his personal web pages at: http://22.214.171.124/