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The Literary Groong - 01/22/2007

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	301 Lawful Lacerations for Hrant Dink

	Face down in a manger,  draped in a white sheet of shame
	Turkey cuddling its colors by three silver bullets in the activists head
	Hrant Dink sang his praise of Turkey and the land he loved
	Blending his Armenian heritage, a sliver of his ancestral pride.

	He wrote polemics, reportages and op-ed pieces in Agos and tied
	Ballads to broken bonds beyond turpitude, beyond poisoned blood
	He signed his name to pleas of reason as best he could portend
	He believed all feuds could be mended, our agony surpassed by surprise attacks
	Status quo infracted, threats refracted, faced down, absolved.

	Yet his manger is four cement blocks and police cordons forensically barraged
	Hrant Dink, victim of a Genocide renegotiated, restrapped with leather promises
	Tied to EU politics, Kurdish aspirations, US hegemony and Armenian avatars
	How much longer could he have survived, declared an enemy of the people
	Accused of insulting Turkishness, a "gyavour" infidel, unwanted,
	Louder than allowed, dark angel, face down in his own blood.

	Nations built on myths of their sacred might, reduced to "seeyeset" diplomacy, the lying art
	Nations passing laws protecting their mythical image as liberators and beloved lords of the past
	Nations armed to the teeth, stripped of fixed identity beyond brutal stomps, hooved  skull mounds
	Cruel, caustic, criminal caravans of obliterated primal ecstasy rejoicing in the blood of martyrs
	Hrant Dink lies in peace knowing he never bowed his head to the blood thirsty, the delusion, the mirage.

Dink Murdered
	Bedros Afeyan
	Pleasanton, CA

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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