PrayerThese things I shall do. Sing in Armenian.Think in arguments undreamt by non-Armenians.Do good and throw proceeds into the seaNever look back, nor look beyond that seaLook up to the North Star and show it the wayNever hesitate to seize the matter by the throatOf the reverse argument’s crushing counterattackPlanned the night before, but easy breezy till the stroke.Laugh hardily and often for tragedy is written in our starsGive as if nothing needed belongs to youTake one for every 100 you so give.And joining hands with short, stout, hairy friends who comeFrom all diasporan corners to sing in Armenian and to danceLet the ritual be rich in incense, robes, candle lit paradesLet our eagles rest on the peaks of snow-capped mountainsHunting the vermin of their cannons and their tankschased by duduk meditations, Tufa monoliths, triumphant strength.Bedros Afeyan4-20-2020Pleasanton, CA
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