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COSMONAUT By Raymond B. Kupelian I am the astronaut Of the destroyed spacecraft Who traveled From one end of universe To outer space Looking for the planet Under who's breast are kept The treasures Of our lost loves Aborted longings Tormented dreams Unbridled sentiments Unfulfilled vibes And violated innocence... From worm like beginnings To the chimpanzee As soon we stood On our two feet Suddenly With a vengeance Of superman We longed and craved For the cave. And as a wondering monkey We have marketed Our humanity And also gave away Our reasoning... It wasn't safe and easy My leaping From one planet to other I was always scared That suddenly one day My spacecraft Like an omen, Will crash To a meteoroid Nourished With our worst instincts And mortal sins May fall apart Like fire ball To be engulfed By the ocean. That my search For real love Will remain As the last chapter Of my unwritten will As a tombstone Resting Beneath the sea... -- Raymond B. Kupelian is a recognized author in the Diaspora as well as in Armenia, where a sampling of his short stories and latest two novels have been published. Now in his sixties, Mr. Kupelian has lived in Liberia and Sierra Leone for more than twenty years. His African short stories have been translated into English and Russian.