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The Literary Groong - 09/01/2001

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	Wounded Crane in a Cranium Chained

	Rain, softer than a murmured song,
	Hummed in an ancient language,
	Remnant waves of Silenced Pain.

	Crane, news bearer
	Fragile as the thinnest crystal
	Yet free in motion
	Free in flight
	Distinguished perfectly
	In essence and by construction
	Mocking forces of brutality.

	Train, hurried motion on static tracks
	Uninspired repetition
	Slaughterhouse and desert skulls
	Gas chambers and scimitars
	The final solution.

	Vain, human perfection.
	Folly, incision
	As perfect as a
	Bleeding brain.

	Cane, religion.
	Perfect insult
	Portraying God
	As a rug-merchant
	Peddling your soul
	And his heaven.

	Rain, cleansing sins uncommitted.
	Rain, from air to ocean
	Tears flowing, evaporating
	In endless cycles

	RAIN, bless the furtile soil
	       soothe the driest cheeks
	       sing to the mountain birds
			   and lion herds

	Noah's guiding companion
	To Ararat
	By destiny.
	To Ararat
	Our destination.

	Bedros Afeyan
	Montreal (1987)

Dr. Bedros Afeyan is a theoretical physicist who works and lives in
the Bay area. He also sculpts, paints and writes. His poetry,
sculptures, short stories and paintings can be found on the web by
clicking on his name at his web site

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