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The Literary Groong - 08/29/2009

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		A poem about `Gen-ta-na-pa-na-gan   Ba-r-deeeeez'

	By Varoujan Froundjian


	It all started when my daughter said,
	`Hey dad, let's talk Armenian'.
	`Armenian', I said, `OK, let's start'

	Yet, the only Armenian word came to my mind is;
	`Gen-ta-na-pa-na-gan   Ba-r-deeeeez'.
	Don't ask me why?

	May be it's a word sprung out from my childhood.
	I always loved that that word and regardless how long it was-
	I pronounced it with my lungs filled with joy and liveliness.

	But, now it's all about the `ZOO'.

	It's so easy to be at the, `ZOO' and have a blast all afternoon.
	It's so fun to be at the, `ZOO' and forget about life's troubles.
	I can see the elephants splashing fountains of water in the `ZOO'.
	I can see giraffes licking a young girl's cheeks in the `ZOO'.

	Yet the only Armenian word came to my mind is.
	`Gen-ta-na-pa-na-gan   Ba-r-deeeeez'.
	Don't ask me why?


	`Gen-ta-na-pa-na-gan   Ba-r-deeeeez'.
	A childhood dream-word turned into doubt.
	Which makes me ask-
	Are the animals well-fed in `Gen-ta-na-pa-na-gan   Ba-r-deeeeez'?
	And do the monkeys have trees to climb in `Gen-ta-na-pa-na-gan   Ba-r-deeeeez'?
	And do foxes tell funny jokes in `Gen-ta-na-pa-na-gan   Ba-r-deeeeez'?

	It all started when my daughter said,
	`Hey dad let's talk Armenian'.
	`Armenian', I said, `OK, let's start'

	Yet, the first Armenian word came to my mind is;
	`Gen-ta-na-pa-na-gan   Ba-r-deeeeez'.
	Don't ask me why?


--
Varoujan Froundjian directed several plays in Armenia, Cairo and
Unites States. He frequently writes for the Armenian Reporter
International and his poems have been published in anthologies
produced by Poetry.com.

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