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THE OTHER LEAF by Kevork K. Kalayjian, Jr. high on the clouds there was this one droplet of condensed clouds, almost liquid, water it was, and as soon as the milkiness of the steam in it began to disappear, the globule started to see. And it was the first thing, the pear shaped pearl of water saw, down there high up on the very top of a tree a green leaf ... this leaf was different from all the others, the ones on the same tree, and the ones on the various nearby trees. The water drop struggled and scavenged More humidity and moisture, to gain weight, to store more momentum for that essential journey to reach, and land on that very special leaf. The pearl shaped globule was full-grown drop now, Impregnated with eagerness, overblown with anticipation, filled with enthusiasm, finally freed itself from the cottony claws of the clouds, and started the long journey towards the one and only special green leaf. The droplet declared its delectation, while traveling towards The green leaf, full of rapture and excitement, the green leaf In turn, opened to its fullest, to embrace and embosom that special drop of water, their joyful screams filled the heavens and the earth with the wildest shrieks of nature the moment of truth was inevitable, leaf and water, water and leaf, were coming closer and closer, they had almost touched each other when silently, the wind blew the branch aside, and ... the raindrop fell on another leaf. -- Kevork K. Kalayjian, Jr. A graduate of the AGBU's Melkonian Educational Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus, holds a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ, and a M. Ed. Counseling Psychology, from William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. Kevork resides in NY with his wife Maral, and three sons Aramazt, Tro, and Ohanes.