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The Literary Groong

March 17, 2023



The Joy of Walking


The joy of walking I discovered when.

Each step I took was a new enchantment.

With each step I found myself lingering a bit longer

To give more time for my feet and the ground

To slowly, and deliberately touch each other.

to feel the weight, the friction, the smile of each tiny pebble

revealing itself beneath the black tar of the asphalt covered road.

Now that the pain in my left knee has slowed me down.

I cherish the slow-motion, careful steps that I need to take.

To diminish the intensity of the pain the sharp edges

Of burning torture radiating from my joints.


Now I must walk with the help of a cane.

I feel as if I am in love again, always needy of

That second life, the inseparable clutch which

Gives a new meaning to life, to passion, to joy,

The enjoyment of walking gently, thoughtfully, watchfully,

Absorbing the scenery above, the deep breath in the lungs,

And the puzzling, soothing, enabling warmth under my sole,

Transfigured into beautiful memories of love in my soul.


Kevork K. Kalayjian


Kevork K. Kalayjian, Jr. is a graduate of the AGBU's Melkonian Educational Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ, a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, from William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, and CPA requirements completed at Pace University, NYC. An auditor by profession, Kevork resides in NY and likes to paint and write. Some of his poems have been published in literary periodicals such as "Ararat", as well as The Literary Groong on and at

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