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The Literary Groong - 05/19/2007

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	ARMENIA: The Deathless Tree

	By C.K. Garabed

	The seeds had been planted upon the peaks of Ararat by Noah
	the progenitor. The waters of the Tigris and Euphrates
	nourished the roots of the seedling tree. The trunk grew
	modestly at first and bent with the winds of change. But
	sturdily it grew until it became a cordon of rings so mighty
	that not the Parthians, nor the Assyrians, nor even the Romans
	could uproot the tree. The natural enemies of Armenia could
	but prune the branches and thus invigorate the trunk and
	foster new growth. They did not know that what they did was
	far beyond the greatest care they could bestow by husbandry.
	Then came the more extensive pruning of the Turks and they cut
	deep! They slashed and hacked and forbade new growth. They cut
	back more and more until the final stroke that in one blow
	shore off the limbs and felled the mighty trunk. But...and
	this the greatest qualification, they failed to kill the

	It could not think and it could not act, But Armenia's roots
	remained intact.

	And now those roots have raised a trunk and the trunk is
	bearing limbs. Those limbs will flower one day and the
	blossoms will replenish the earth and the deathless tree will
	have been restored.

	(From the Preface `Dedication to my Father's Homeland' to "The
	Advent of the Superman and Other Presentiments" Copyright 
	1985 by C.K. Garabed).

C.K. Garabed has been active in the Armenian Church and Armenian
community organizations all his life.  He has lectured on various
subjects in a number of Armenian church and community groups. As a
writer and editor, he has been a keen observer of, and outspoken
commentator on, political and social matters affecting Armenian
Americans. He is a regular contributor to the "Armenian Weekly",
"Armenian Reporter International" and the AGBU Literary Quarterly
"Ararat". He produces a weekly column called "Uncle Garabed's
Notebook", in which he presents an assortment of tales, anecdotes,
poems, riddles and trivia of interest to Armenian American readers.

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