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The Literary Groong - 04/03/2004

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    HAIKUS FROM OSAKA

    By Bedros B. Afeyan


    Pruned War of Words
    -------------------

    Pare down a pear tree
    Compressed arid autumn fog
    An abandoned nest


    Sake Song
    ---------

    Trained seal sing a hymn
    Drunken solemn vows of love
    Winter bears its claws


    Shinkansen
    ----------

    Bullet's blinding wings
    Winds of sorrow fire your strength
    Prairies simply end


    Kabukichu at Shinjuku
    ---------------------

    Strictly reptilian
    Escapable ambition
    Running on running


    School Girls of Tokyo
    ---------------------

    Subway or full train
    cell phones adorned with  dolls
    New Kabuki masks


    Supermarket
    -----------

    Daiei full'f fruit
    Prices soar all sizes shrink
    Packaging divine


    Gardens Well Kept
    -----------------

    Road to heaven guards
    Buddhist temple Shinto shrine
    Blessed rice crop with rain


    Compassion
    ----------

    Mother Teresa
    Destitute of Calcutta
    Face of God appears


    Hayastan
    --------

    Rolling hillside plight
    Fading reed source tambourine
    Summer apricots


    Math's Path
    -----------

    Cherry orchards bloom
    Sparrows mate nested circles
    Theorems crow cry


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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:
http://208.177.152.139/

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