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CLEAR BLUE 24TH DAY by Dr. Vahe Ampagoumian Clear Blue 24th Day A nothing new day, just like yesterday, an April spring day Devil's horsemen rode in this morning, without warning Plying death and destruction Doomsday Vestiges Apocalyptic images, sickening grimaces, what planet is this? Homes burning, stomachs churning, loved ones yearning For the lost souls Terror Pervading Soldiers raiding, structures cascading, hopes are fading Symbols crumbled, bodies jumbled, humanity has stumbled Into madness A Nation's Pain Deeply felt, fellow humans hearts melt Fear and dread, so many dead, a rage of red Runs through my head Those who paid with their lives today, I salute them. For them, I will pray, And lay a wreath, a poetic bouquet On This Clear, Blue, 24th Day -- Vahe Ampagoumian is a Canadian Armenian and has been writing since he was 13. His primary influence and inspiration is William Saroyan. He wrote this poem for today's generation of young Armenians, to ask them never to forget.