OUR DESIRE By Raphael Badganian (1830-1892) Translated By Kevork Kalayjian Oh, how I would love to see Armenians Free, safe, educated, and self-sufficient Every Armenian's home, paradise on earth should be... But this shouldn't require a sacrifice from me. Oh, how I would loved for Armenia to be Freed from the hands of the enemy, Armenian rulers governing the Armenian country... As long as this aim doesn't cost me a penny. Oh, how I wish for all Armenian to be Rekindled with the love of science, and discovery For once and for all eliminate illiteracy Only if, no commitment is required of me. Oh, how I wish to see, Armenian teens, Heading to colleges and universities Women... traveling to Switzerland for higher education; As long as, no body expects a penny from me. Oh, how I wished that our brave freedom fighters Were equipped with all the advanced weaponry, To defend the homeland against the enemy... but To buy those arms, they shouldn't ask for my money! Finally, when our country is miraculously freed Our people are independent, and self-sufficient Oh, how wonderful and benevolent it would prove to be For all Armenians, as their ruler... to elect me! -- Kevork K. Kalayjian, Jr. is a graduate of the AGBU's Melkonian Educational Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus, and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ, a M. Ed. in Counseling Psychology, from WilliamPaterson University, Wayne, NJ, and CPA requirements completed at Pace University, NYC. Kevork resides in NY and likes to paint and write. Some of his poems have been published in literary periodicals such as "Ararat" and at www.poetry.com.
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