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FOR APRIL 24, A GREEN 1915 The pain of blades of grass Growing under the asphalt Gnawing at their instincts At stolen layered light Through crevices and cracks With steamy breath -- the rain Of uncrushed ambitions -- barred Complexion, unseasoned Vexing grey grime Spit and urine nourished Grinding twin empires Ottomania, Russophobia Our ancestors endured, escaped, resisted So you can burn and smoke their fingers Reaching out on lurching nights to an addict's rage, plea transfixer Bedros Afeyan Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 2-21-2009 -- 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://184.108.40.206/