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The Literary Groong - 07/08/2006

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	I PREFER

	By Kevork Kalayjian


	I prefer to keep myself sorrowful and gloomy 
	by giving my happiness to the gliding breeze.
	I like to let my endeavors falter and fail  
	by tripping over my last step of accomplishments,
	abandoning titles by forgetting the roster of my skills.

	At the critical moment when you are
	depending on me, I rather cry
	like a newborn, in witness of the awesome
	stature, strength, and fame of strangers

	I prefer to offer love to the one
	who will steal and disappear,
	leaving me empty and searching again,
	to give again, that which I don?t have,
	better than tasting love every day
	and feeling unworthy of its every drop.

	I prefer not to possess, not to give
	just experience your curses and
	nasty condemnations as I stretch
	my arm begging for acceptance and mercy
	purposeless, passionless, aimless, clueless!

	I prefer ? 


--
Kevork K. Kalayjian, Jr.  A graduate of the AGBU's Melkonian
Educational Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus, holds a B.A. in Political
Science and Economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford,
NJ, a M. Ed.  Counseling Psychology, from WilliamPaterson University,
Wayne, NJ, and CPA requirements completed at Pace University,
NYC. Kevork resides in NY with his wife Maral, and three sons Aramazt,
Tro, and Ohanes. A descendant of survivors of the Genocide from the
town of Kilis, in the Cilician region of Armenia, an accountant by
profession, he likes to paint and write. His next project is to
collect the names of 100 volunteer Armenian-American families who
would like to resettle in Armenia and jump-start a new way of work and
life there. Some of his poems have been published in literary
periodicals such as "Ararat" and at www.poetry.com.

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