APRIL MAGMA ETHER STRANDED by Bedros Afeyan There is a House in the Highlands of Armenia, high above the howl of minions Turkish dogs scent mark its stone chiseled crevices and cracks, occupants unknown The house runs red, sometimes ashen, brown, sorrow dancing circles on its crown Carved noses, chins, hunched over caravans, invisible but in ink and salt stains Soft moan of orphans, headscarves covering sex identifying scars, tattooed as cattle Survival is a reed hanging from tall odds, beckoning the learned, become nomads They admire Germans and discipline, offering Doner Kekab scented Deutsche Marks Europe sears explosions in hate and envy, mad dogs of past glory reeked, bells rung But their flag is blood regurgitated Islamic pride hung from their bayonets at sunrise Minarets bob up and down blowing glory of absolute power intoxicating fright, kill, fight Bubbles in empty rose water, sweet nothings, hymns of war, cut off ears soon marked In this history there festers, gesturing, pestering neighbors and peaceful poets, bards Teach us and leave, achieve, believe, uphold your traditions, now die and if not now We will finish the task a hundred year hence, in Aleppo, in Der Zor, in Kessab. You will die in Artsakh and the mountains of Gharabagh. Just die and once again die. There is no refuge, no escape, no brotherhood or solace. Cursed perhaps, haunted, yes. But there is great diplomacy to slather and blather and bile by bile gather in harvest To fish old enemies and allies into a murderous spiral towards the next big vandalism Their culture murmurs its disgust at all but their own self-lust on a self-loathing crust Genocide, candle lit, a vigil, a march, shame to engulf the next century in mistrust. 4-18-2016 Pleasanton, CA -- 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.
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