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The Literary Groong - 07/15/2002

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	By Shushan Avagyan

	What started with rose petals
	sprinkled in abundance
	onto joyful crowds
	of Armenian ancestry, centuries ago,
	in celebration of a saint -

	now, on a hot July afternoon,
	spread across the turbulent streets of Yerevan,
	metamorphosing into a wild pagan ritual
	of water, turned into
	a mystical ingredient,
	purified and hidden in tin carafes -
	waiting in the hands of stealthy adolescents
	for random 
	startled passers by.

	July 7, 2002 

Shushan Avagyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She's a visual artist,
poet, and graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. Shushan
won the first and second prizes at the Armenian Allied Arts' Poetry
Contest in 2002. She's presently working on a manual of poetry, to be
published in 2003.

Copyright  2002 Shushan Avagyan.

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