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The Literary Groong - 01/18/2021


It was on a Tuesday, or was it a Monday?

Our shackles were no more, loose wrists, tongues, more

The din high, patriotic slogans rose as morning bread 

Furnace of frustration bursting flames, fanfare fueled air

Loudest of speeches seldom reach the truth buried in folded muck

Frazzled by giants pounding our mountains, flying banners red or black

We are just like them, not at all! Unique! Special! Blessed! Cursed!

Sing unity, peace but know the truth of looped prisoners in a rigged trial

Civilizations parade in dreams of justice, world order, international law as 

Tanks roll over our graves, drones mark posteriors as golden crosses we bear for

Laser guided missiles to drill sense into our heirs, who flee, cower, blame, sour

No brotherly cessation of hostilities, rabid animals and their traps set for supper

All this and an elaborate artifice of a church of fake noose

A clergy of black menace within the community organ pipes

Who needs grey wolves when you have Armeniana

Fleecing one another at the door, on the way in and out once more?

Outsider, underdog, never play the responsible party

Others must clean messes left by sloppy para-solitary leaders

Bought and sold on the open market of the East and resold 

By nightfall to the Western tourists admiring tassels, branding howls.

Our ancient churches, crosses, bleed innocence from unborn generations 

Store windows entice posing naked mannequins in flickering neon lights

Plastic toys, paper trinkets imagining Paris, or NY for their broken kin

Away from their villages, barnyard animals, feudal family feuds with no end. 

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.
He is the current editor of The Literary Groong

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