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The Literary Groong - 01/11/2003

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	Think again....

	By Armenouhi Minassian

	I haven't been there, 
	I haven't seen the kill... 
	But I saw the horror 
	In people's   eyes...
	I heard their mourning,
	I felt their pain,
	And their unbending will
	To punish the crime....

	And it wasn't just war...
	It was a genocide,
	Cold-blooded murder
	Captured in facts...
	Slaughter of kids and the old
	Slaughter of women and the weak
	Slaughter of a whole nation 
	To own their land.

	I haven't been there
	I haven't seen the scene,
	But I have no respect 
	For people who kill...
	Especially for ones
	Who don't have honesty
	And live in denial
	Never confess...

	And one unpunished crime 
	Leads to another one.
	If you think you don't care...
	Think again.... 

Armenouhi Minassian was born in the village of Mughni in Ashtarak
District of Armenia. She's a graduate from the Yerevan State
University with a Masters degree in Armenian Language and Literature
and in Teaching.  For several years she worked as a teacher in #155
Secondary school of Yerevan. Armenouhi started to write poetry when
she was 10. Her first poem was broadcast by Armenian radio when she
was in the third grade. She received her first award for reading her
poetry in the Scholastic Olympics competition in 1966. Her first
article was published in the Ashtarak district Newspaper in 1972.

Armenoui migrated to the United States in 1993. In 2001, a collection
of her poetry was published in Los Angeles under the title "Veratsnund".
Her poems have appeared in "Hi Life", "Asbarez", "Azdarar", "New
Mirage Quarterly" and in several anthologies including "The Best Poets
and Poems of 2002". Her new poetry collection "Mundane Yearnings",
written in Armenian, is ready for publication. Recently she started to
write song lyrics both in English and Armenian.

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