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CIRCUS LIKE By Raymond B. Kupelian I am the prisoner Of the barbed jail Of my own doing. My prison cell Isn't the creation Of the Circus master's Oppressive mind... It is the handwork Of square minded Robot like humanoids ... Wow! What a pleasure Leaving very soon With my prison guard To the far away shores On vacation To recuperate From the stressful routine Like the enchained beasts Of the famous circus To move my forgotten existence From one country to another... No matter where the show goes The program is the same The metal bars And the prison guards too Nothing has changed from my destiny... During the short life span Only the spectators And the stage is changeable... The guards are closely watching Weeps on hand Leaning to my cage's door... -- 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.