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The Literary Groong - 02/22/2013


by Bedros Afeyan

Without the bombs of Beirut, there was but sun
Flooding bank vaults of time, pairs offered shine
Beaches, heels, shaved legs and gum, sizzling sun
Mountains a'snow, goggles 'n poles, untormented sons

Beirut's orgy in 18 confessions, Olé! Screamed and drowned
Tom Jones served the Hummus near the pools of private clubs
Orange crush between their legs, teenagers practiced re-innocence
Dreams of heeled yachts, Monaco and Royal blow, effervescent geist

Beneath the soil of imported champagne corked in a clown's red nose
Beyond the camps 'n hated enemies and jealous friend's smiles sardonic
Lurked world-stage trade-craft, spy vs spy groping public monkey bars
Every prostitute, every little star, humping Roman Ruins, midsummer

A Beirut without a bra, without a weave, without the heave of history up its sleave
Without its brothers' bombs, its neighbors' used condoms, its drunk allegiances
Its infantile incorrigible charm, "Shoo? Sex Kamen?" Crop Circle sized question marks
A beauty mark, a tambourine strike, brain matter splattered equidistant from my heart.

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.

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