For Shavarsh Karapetyan

from by Curtain Rod Character

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I don't want to mispronounce his name
He's earned a modest fame
He's an Armenian finswimmer
Ten world records and a bevy of medals
One day after training
He saw a trolleybus crash into the lake
92 people were trapped 33 feet underwater
He saved 20 lives in 30 dives
He saved 20 lives and finally collapsed on the shore
Frigid polluted water and cuts from the glass shards
Put him in a coma for 45 days
He recovered but not to compete again

A badge of honor was issued and the fan mail came in
And UNESCO took notice
Nine years later he noticed a fire
At the Soviet Armenian sports hall
He ran inside the burning building and pulled people out
Ended up in the hospital, a hero again
Why do we have Columbus day
And not a Shavarsh day instead?

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from Mosquito Coast, released December 29, 2015

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