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BILL RODE SUNLIGHT'S STREAM By Bedros Afeyan He stood unbound, brilliant booming pitch Daring fame's too short a lease to tire An overworked Queen and a burst poet's appendix orphaned Crazy uncles, old world advice, newspaper boy in cafe's Circulating telegraph messages on windy roads While genocide visited the Armenian Night He discovered San Francisco and New York Flustered wasps, street walkers, huddled denizens Gamblers, dancers, poor and burning Arabs, American foundation All the way up and down the Malaga vines. He made Fresno and Paris come and go speaking brittle reflection Rivers of lust and untaxed piping pride, stories in starring flight. He hung his hat tipped to the East Witty wicket waste, soaked in passionate delight Vye, Vye, Vye, he would intone, smiling like an onion's scrape By a mortal bite of life foretold to insipid academigaudy scorn I once heard him confess Shaw was his inspiration, not the rest Hello Out There! he said to whomever I myself will inspire While Miller, Karouac and Albee took their queues To burst through the gates and wound the engenues. He was Saroyan to the end. A farmer's boy, A poet's son, an observant crier of Our Town Highlands and merchants prancing in his glare Striking a portable typewriter, a machine gunner's flare Channeling Whitman, funneling impressionist colors Like butterflies captured on a punctured canvas The daring young man, endless cartwheels in the sand (Happy 100th Birthday William Saroyan: Thanks for the chiseled world of words That keep singing in my ears) Bedros Afeyan 8-9-08 San Diego, CA -- Dr. Bedros Afeyan is a theoretical physicist who works and lives in the Bay area with his wife, Marine. He writes in Armenian and in English and also paints and sculpts. Samples of his work can be found on the web by clicking on his personal web pages at: http://22.214.171.124/