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The Literary Groong - 09/02/2020

Bill Rode Sunlight’s Stream

He stood unbound, brilliant booming pitch

Daring fame’s too short a lease to tire


An overworked Queen and a burst poet’s appendix orphaned

Crazy uncles, old world advice, newspaper boy in Café’s


Circulating telegraph messages on windy roads

While genocide visited the Armenian Night


He discovered San Francisco and New York

Flustered wasps, street walkers, huddled denizens


Gamblers, dancers, poor and burning Arabs, American foundation

All the way up and down the Malaga vines


He made Paris and Fresno come and go speaking brittle reflection

Rivers of lust and untaxed piping pride, stories in starring flight


He hung his hat tipped to the East

Witty wicked waste, soaked in passionate delight


Vye, Vye, Vye, he would intone, smiling like an onion’s scrape

By a mortal bite of life foretold to insipid academigaudy scorn


I once heard him confess Shaw was his inspiration, not the rest

Hello out there! He said to whomever I myself will inspire


While Miller, Kerouac and Albee tool their queues

To burst through the gates and wound the engenues


He was Saroyan to the end. A farmer’s boy,

A poet’s son, an observant crier of Our Town


Highlands and merchants pranced in his glare

Striking a portable typewriter, a machine gunner’s flare


Channeling Whitman, funneling impressionist colors

Like butterflies captured on a punctured canvas


The daring young man, endless cartwheels in the sand


(Happy 100th Birthday William Saroyan: 

Thanks for the chiseled world of words

that keep singing in my ears)

Bedros Afeyan


San Diego, CA

Listen to Bedros Afeyan reciting this Ode to Saroyan.

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.
He is the current editor of The Literary Groong

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