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The Literary Groong - 09/26/2009

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		FIRST FOR EVERYTHING

	By Meredith Z. Avakian


	I wanted to laugh
	I wanted to cry
	I did cry
	But I wanted to laugh
	Still, tears streamed...
	...uncontrollably for a second
	But then I chuckled
	My first Armenian Church service
	So emotional
	Didn't have to understand the words to feel the energy...
	The sadness...
	The mourning...
	The tears
	Then, the attire caused a smirk
	The cloaks, the hoods, the collars
	It's really quite comical if you're not used to it
	The giggles
	Foreign among foreigners
	`I feel like I stand out'
	But they looked like me
	Still, I was not one
	Not then
	For as long as they chant,
	I will laugh
	And as long as the incense burns,
	I will cry
	Giggles and tears
	My first Armenian Church service
	Certainly won't be my last


--
Corporate communicator by day and performance poet by night... if
there's one thing to say about Meredith Z. Avakian, it's that she
loves words.  Author of `Propaganda Begins with PR: Poetry for the
Soul,' Avakian typically writes free-verse spoken word poetry inspired
by real-life experiences and emotions.  Some of her poetry has been
published in the Armenian Mirror-Spectator, the Armenian Poetry
Project and The Literary Groong.  For more information, visit
http://www.mzapoetry.com/

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