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HUGE RED LOBSTERS By Raymond B. Kupelian Transparent tiny water tank Shackled monstrous red lobsters Struggling to get out Unconscious of their fate... At any moment Following A plump chef's order To be plunged Into a boiling pot Of salty water... To feed our hunger Reduce cholesterol To cut weight And as a substitute for aphrodisiac To enhance our sex life Man, it is so great You bet... To be a superman Ignorant of its own fate... Moved by fatalistic endeavor Ignorant of my own fate With the wild dream Of opening my soul to the universe One day, Of my own free will and accord I submerged Into the abyss Of the American dream Which turned up to be... A red hot pot. -- Raymond B. Kupelian is a recognized author in the Diaspora as well as in Armenia, where a sampling of his short stories and latest two novels have been published. Now in his sixties, Mr. Kupelian has lived in Liberia and Sierra Leone for more than twenty years. His African short stories have been translated into English and Russian.