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The Literary Groong - 05/14/2005

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	By Bedros Afeyan 

	A long caravan of trucks
	equipped with CBs cushions and flees
	large roaring metal insects on wheels
	wheels spinning eighteen at a time and dreams.

	Hartford to El Paso
	is a long way to go
	after prescriptions for the criminally insane
	after treatment and the forgetting of pain
	before the "howdy mams"
	and in between the meals
	13 times she rode them blind
	while they rode her and passed her around.

	She told me this seven years hence
	after the quarrels
	after all the nonsense
	13 truck rides repaid in kind
	13 love songs
	ending in 13 guttural frowns.

	In the midday sun or deep into the night
	what could have been going on in her mind?
	36 hours to El Paso
	with five dollars to her name
	22 years of parents' failures
	chanting "shame, shame, shame".

	She had ridden and been ridden out on the highway
	Made it all the way to El Paso
	But now restricted herself to the metro.

	College Park, MD

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. Samples of his work can be found
on the web by clicking on his personal web pages at:

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