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I WILL NOT FORGET By Meredith Z. Avakian Don't worry, I will not forget I always will remember the stories you've shared Even the ones that hurt to think about Like how the Turkish children split Daddy Sam's head open on the way to school one morning, just because he was Armenian The past is the past, but I will not forget it Grandma, don't you worry, I will not forget your cooking It's what always kept the family together I promise to keep us bound after you're gone No one can cook dolma quite like you, But I will try to remember your recipe As it's been passed down to me I know that your grandparents lived every day wishing they could forget But if they died knowing that I would remember I think they would be proud So not only will I serve as a symbol of remembrance, But I will share their experiences aloud You know you don't have to worry I will not forget the work that was put in to make sure I succeed Your assimilation and conformity may not be to my liking, But I recognize that they were done for me At the end of the day, you have not forgotten where you come from And you know that I will not forget Rest assure that this feeling will last, The notion of hope and remembrance Your generation fought their battles Now it is time for us to finish this war Excuse me, I will not forget that it never was a war I will remember it as genocide, don't you worry Grandma, I never could forget you I see my smile in yours and yours in your mothers I'm sure my children will resemble the same You know that everything about you will be remembered And your parents would be proud to know that you never forgot When you see them again, please let them know I never will forget 8/16/07 -- Meredith `MZA' Avakian is a spoken word performance poet and New Jersey native who now resides in Philly, where she graduated from Temple University with a degree in public relations. She is the editor of DuPont Network News - the FORTUNE 500 company's daily, global, online newsletter. Some of her poetry has been published in the Armenian Mirror-Spectator, Armenian Poetry Project and The Literary Groong.