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ARMENIAN QUEEN By Meredith Z. Avakian Mother from Egypt Father from Turkey Well, the land formerly known as Armenia And bearing that same blood from both All with large noses and `ethnic' features Daughter of immigrants She grew up in a two-bedroom apartment in Jersey City Where her parents sheltered her >From the poverty and tragedy Yet, still no stranger to hard work She grew up hearing of what it was like back home Far from the streets of Jersey Where the blood of many relatives tragically stained the soil To be left in her roots And those of her husband Whose orphan mother and dark-skinned father Knew all too well They managed to make it to the States As they had to escape the fate That three young men Brought to millions In a new place, this young couple assimilate Losing the language almost as quickly as family Surviving by means of conformity To some degree But all for a better life This wife never forgot the memories Never forgot the recipes Never forgot the families And birthed two sons Who knew of the tragedies But were too far to relate To lost relatives Too far to understand Too few who knew So she grew into grandmotherhood With four legacies to be specific Knowing she must pass the torch As it'd once been handed to her Fueled by the internal flame That her relatives were burned for having Mother from Egypt Father from Turkey Born in America Still an Armenian Queen And I call her Grams -- Meredith `MZA' Avakian is a spoken word performance poet who has been writing poetry for nearly a decade. During the last several years, she has been performing at open mics, poetry slams, talent shows and art showcases and Armenian churches throughout the East Coast. Her work focuses on life in its rawest essence - love, hate, politics, ethnicity and sex. MZA is a native of New Jersey, but currently resides in Philly, where she graduated from Temple University with a degree in public relations. She currently serves as the editor of DuPont Network News, the DuPont Co.'s daily, global, electronic newsletter.