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MONUMENT By Arevshad Avakian Translated by Diana Der-Hovanessian and Reprinted from the Christian Science Monitor (A poem for the April 24th anniversary of the genocide by the Turks) Today let everyone of us for a minute forget blood and tears and we will not have two million sorrows. Today, this once, let everyone of us have only kindly thoughts and we will have two million feelings that are pure. Today let everyone of us keep a pulsating star in mind and we will have a sky of two million stars. Today let us all plant a seed into this red earth, our vein's earth and we will have a wreath of two million blossoms. Today let everyone of us awaken the child within us and we will have two million innocents, two million strong. Every year on this day let everyone of us find a star, a flower, a child and we will multiply again, again two million flowers, children and stars. -- Arevshad Avakian is a well known poet and painter living in Yerevan. He was born in Ashdarag in 1940 and has been active in Karoun Magazine, Radio Yerevan, and as president of the Cultural Foundation.