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MY LANGUAGE By Kevork Kalayjian We live the joyous outbursts of energy in the death march of an ancient civilization as we see our language decay, we justify our laziness with the examples of lost cultures. our books are stored in storage boxes waiting to be exhibited by museums where our shame is sheltered, sealed within the walls of fear of being different! It was so easy to overcome organized persecution, segregation religious intolerance, and color differentiation, all those were a breeze compared to the government organized race annihilation, the definite death in the unending desert sand, but we don't care to find out how to overcome this new threat This new partition, based on the ability to spend cash on Berger King, Pizza and movies, or charging our future on such classy items as, Four Seasons, Disney's, health spas, or searching connections with jazz, rap, or Yo Yo Ma. Our artists survive by serving meals at the diner, our writers are in insurance sales. Thank God! Now they can read between the lines! Our language is not even used for cursing, let alone for the expression of love, admiration, hate, or praying to the one who knows it all! My language still speaks to my soul but I cannot translate it anymore! -- Kevork K. Kalayjian, Jr. is a graduate of the AGBU's Melkonian Educational Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus, and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ, a M. Ed. in Counseling Psychology, from WilliamPaterson University, Wayne, NJ, and CPA requirements completed at Pace University, NYC. Kevork resides in NY and likes to paint and write. Some of his poems have been published in literary periodicals such as "Ararat" and at www.poetry.com.