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The Literary Groong - 09/03/2011

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	    9-11 in the Air

    By Bedros Afeyan

    He wrote to sail away
    30,000 puffs of air
    Unattached frame or basis
    Pleas of comfort, salient cheer

    Food, drink, menus naming chefs
    Recycle movies, swiveling baby screens
    Reclined outsize seat, business classed
    Pillows, blankets, cookie crumbs dans l'air

    Metal reinforced door to cockpit
    Stewardess, sparing in self-defense
    Sweating rubber bullets with the rest

    Citizens flash lapel flags
    Recovered hollowed lives
    Falling Hollywood stampedes

    Shoes in trays stuff x-ray machines
    Check their cheeks, few paces each to each
    Hand-held metal detected
    Warning buzzers, chirps, beeps
    Flashing lights snaking floors

    Young men in full fatigues
    Porting assault rifles
    laser beaconed, dog sniffed
    Witness random searches
    As weaker links dissolve

    To fraternity, equality
    The memory of senseless dead
    Imploded at the Wall
    Since Liberty's wailing call
    A nation better follow
    Its solumn duty now.

    Chicago to San Francisco

    Bordeaux-Lac, France

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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