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The Literary Groong - October 30, 2004

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	STRIPTEASE

	by Grish Davtian


	The tawny autumn
	Is a flirting girl,
	Which throws away shirt and skirt
	And strips.

	Is it of hot?

	She opens her smooth breasts,
	Dainty legs,
	And her marble hips,
	Barely leaving
	A pale fig-leaf
	As cover...

	The breeze gusts,
	Heaves, rumbles bashfully,
	Sinning furtively...

	The tawny autumn in her puberty
	Is a flirting girl,
	And I don't know
	Does she keep, or
	Throw away
	The fig-leaf?

	The lusting shy
	Does not look,
	Does not see...

	O, my temples
	Pound with hot blasts,
	And pounds my heart
	Breathless, frantic and love-drowned
	In the still expanding
	Velvet flames of autumn...
	And again
	A bud burst open,
	Warms up with rosy love fervor,
	The redness fades with blushes...

	Is it from the midday-honeyed sun?

	A flight of bees chimes
	In my blood,
	Moans in my temples,
	Coquettes,
	Teases playfully...

	The tawny autumn
	Is a flirting girl,
	It reddens and crimsons,
	Sheds her petals and foliage,
	Strips,
	But... bashfully
	Leaves a fig-leaf
	On me...


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Grish Davtian was born in Nor Jugha, Esfahan, Iran. His work includes
poetry and literary criticism written in Armenian, and, more recently,
poetry written in English. He has worked as the founding editor for
the Aregak monthly journal, in 1964-5 in London, and editor of the
literary pages of Alik Daily newspaper, in 1980-1985 in Tehran. As a
member of the Armenian Writer's Society in Iran, he has served as
the vice president and president of this organization for several
years. He has three books of poems published in Armenian. Now living
in Glendale, CA, USA, Davtian has been in charge of the literary pages
of the Asparez Daily newspaper in 1997-2001. He has initiated the
Literary Asparez monthly meetings, sponsored by the Glendale Public
Library. He runs a one hour weekly literary program, called Literary
Ether, on Horizon Armenian TV. The book of his English poems "The
Ameriacan Pulse" has recently been published by Publish America LLLP,
USA. He is also the editor of The Literary Groong (TLG) webpage on the
Groong Armenian News Network website.

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