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Sightless Eyes

The light of hope has been extinguished from

The eyes of the Lebanese people who are forlorn,

Dejected, and lost, as their leaders fight amongst

One another for scraps of power and money, uncaring about the angst

They cause their people, followers, and peers

To bleed out their hope in sweating doing their jobs.

The last vestiges of divination that a future is possible

Have dissipated with the smoke of the last port explosion

Rendering the once brilliant gazes, now flat with the notion

That justice, equality, freedom of speech,

Acquisition of human rights, even, love, honor have a reach

In which they have a material value rather than ethical.

How, oh how, will such oppression be abolished?

Replaced with honesty, selfworth, acceptance,

And realization that we, as a people, matter!

We matter to ourselves, loved ones, mostly: God!

These hardships are testing the believers of good

And those traveling the ‘right path’ will find hope

Where they least expect it and sweep away their troubles.

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Life’s Beatings

Some say: ‘It’s easier said then done’;

Others have similar sayings, with a different turn.

Lebanon, the saying goes: ‘ He who gets beaten

Down isn’t the same as the one who counts the beatings’.

Whether you take this literally or metaphorically

It seems logical that the one being beaten constantly

Feels the pain and heartache at a different level

Than an observer, sympathizer, or companionable

Friend or family member. It’s understandable

That being the recipient of such bad deeds affects

Not only the constitution of the person, but also

His character traits alter, his mood vacillates,

His very being shifts into negativity, unconscious

Of the act of changing till someone wakes him/her

Up to their behavioral substitutions that aren’t a part of you.

Ever! Don’t wait so long for things to become insurmountable,

Identify the cause of your beat down, face the indomitable

Obstacles that seem too solid to be broken down

And resolved as an entity. ‘Divide and conquer’,

They say, so too should your problems be cleaved

Into manageable parts, so your problems are metamorphosed,

Turned into simpler goals that are easier to be triumphed

Over, boosting your selfconfidence into believing

In your ability to dispatch the rest of the issues revolving

Around the whole that is effortlessly solvable.

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Mission: Escape

Whenever humankind faces existential problems

They have two possible opposing reactions:

Escape the present, and start somewhere else;

Or alter your priorities to advance survival of humanity.

Historically, when Europe wanted to get rid of criminals,

They placed them on a boat to the then ‘savagery’

Of North America, where indigenous people

Roamed freely, thriving without the need

That are imposed by the ‘guests’ who shot

And killed indiscriminately to take over the lands.

From this grew capitalist society that takes

Advantage of its population to grow in powers.

Today, there are no undiscovered territories or unexploited ones.

So … What recourse does humanity have for its survivals?

All that’s left is space, Mars, our closest Neighbor

Is millions of miles away with an uninhabitable atmosphere.

Technology is advancing at such an exponential rate

That a mission to Mars is a proven possibility.

Man’s an ostrich!!!!

He hides from his problems rather than face them!

Instead of spending billions on fixing earth,

He spends hundreds of billions on space travels.

How can we progress if we can’t solve our obstacles?

Civilizations will die down because of this,

And people’s acceptance of change is in paralysis.

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Power to the People

Uprisings, protests, rebellion, civil unrest, riots

Are forms of criticism to political systems.

All require courage, guts, and (lots of) blood

In order to be heard by the powers that be, as they laze in bed.

The latter line their pockets using hand gestures

To acquire and spend their ill gotten gains,

While those vying for change use peace

And the strength of their vocal chords to be

Their delivery system for their opinions,

They are always loud, proud, stout, and ground

Out of strength of the lands they’re defendants of

Valiantly trying to overcome overwhelming

Odds to live honorably in their homes, driving,

Driving away those who wish to turn them

Into lambs for the slaughter, as they rebel

Against injustice, inequality, oppression,

Subjugation, and destruction of unique ethics.

They use muscles, ingenuity, and individual powers

To forward their needs, knowing that few are

Heard, appreciated, acknowledged, adapted

Into a system that favors only those who corrupt,

Avid for power, willing to encroach on others

To possess what they deem as ‘necessary ‘.

When will we learn that humanity needs

Its world community to survive any difficulties

Unseen, small, large or in betweens?

We need awareness, acceptance, and self-love

To promote healthy relationships among family,

Friends, peers, colleagues, and everyone else who try

To help in the development of each individual child’s

Character who needs everyone’s support

To feel safe to express his/her emotions

And beliefs freely without enduring oppositions

That are degrading, demeaning, or cause destructions.

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Winter Wonders

Winter has finally set in!!!!

Snow covers the grounds, while you fall in.

Next day, ice sets in!

It crunches under your heals, as you’re thrown in

The icy weather that blankets the ground to win.

The icy wonderland whites and crystals reign

As we tobogan, having fun, again.

And as always, on your way home, you watch the plane

Flying passengers to the warmth of the sun.

My heart says: ‘Never again!’

‘Shall I pass this road without the wonder

Of flight and drizzle following my thunder.

I reach for its boisterous boom, all aflutter,

Hoping that with each step I learn about myself and the other.

The best knowledge to impart is to always be kinder.

Kind towards others,

Loving to family,

Respectful to colleagues and strangers,

Honest with yourself, fully

Understanding yourself and the need for your piety.

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The Fear! The Fear!!!!

Fire, fire, sinuous liar, spread fear like a liar.

Ceaselessly, undulating, weaving your web with a lyre

Blending, melding, fogging your thinking,

Embedding the conductor’s swaying, moving

Hands, mesmerizing in its bright bluish, red flame, burning.

Rise, raise your filaments into the sky in supplication

To the Creator, the all powerful, the giver and taker

Of life, pleading for a savior from the twister

That surrounds your vision with a blight of fear.

Paralysis sets in, and movement is bound in a lere.

Fear, fear of a teeny weeny virus is worse

Than the fire bathing you in brine and ashe

That sizzles up your skin, sneaking, bubbling

Into scorched patches of bright stinky skin.

Emphasize the need to survive this pendemic

As surely as you empathize with your fellow man’s

Plight in their struggle to eradicate fear’s

Hold on your life and your actions.

Stear the fear into a sepulcher of death

And despair so its power lays fallow in a breath

That inhales life and hope for longevity and health.

Beseech your Creator for the will to live and breathe

In hope, optimism, compassion, and empathy for humanity.

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Long to Belong

Lately the day is long and the night’s moon

Brightens the darkness like a loon.

It reminds me of the times I change my tune

So that friends and family stay with me, in tune,

With my needs for their support, strength, love.

The harmony within is all our closest entourage

Request of us if they truly believe in our being

Just who we are, unapologetic for our strengths

And weaknesses, hoping that both are accepted.

Even if you’re not peer friendly, who cares

As long as your symphony within and without

Portrays who you really are in a bout

That you win as your strength can accept

Either failure or criticism and move forward

To improve upon who you are with your resilience.

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Who Are We?

How do you conceal who you are? How many facets do you portray?

Do you change the way you dress daily?

Do you alter your hair and eye color? Do you vary your tone, whisper, cry, or shout?

Do you add make up to accent different parts of you?

Are you an award winning actor playing a role?

Which part of you are you most protective of?

The real you or the ones you show off?

I’ve said before, but I will say it again: The crux of who you are is hidden for few to view

And bask in your cheer, hope and self-esteem.

Of all the masks you’ve worn over time,

Which do you want to be ‘you’?

Is your identity a bricolage of family, friends, colleague,

Ethnicity, race, religion, and cultural ‘norms’?

What happens to the mask when the identity shatters?

Do you also fall apart, lose control, and spin like a top,

Unknowing what your next mask will represent?

It seems to me, after much consideration, experience

That who you are is reflected in your eyes,

Where your soul reaches out to impose its wisdoms,

In order for self satisfaction and acceptance to

Coexist in harmony with your favorite mask!

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Leaden Heart

With fall comes a boisterous ball

Filled with wild colors, flaming reds that stall

Time and create a feeling that’s heavy in the head.

Worries abound: pandemic, school, health,..

Where to start or stop with the heaviness

That steals your breath?

Money, money, money, materialize and grow in the yard.

Grow into a thick trunked tree and seed me your harvest.

Don’t die out in winter and stop your perpetual

Rejuvenation of yourself, my family, and mine.

Without your harvest my heavy head turns to lead,

My heart turns to steely stone,

And my motivation dies a silent screaming death.

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VANITY!

Trends, trends, trends, ….

What’s fashionable tells the story of who you are,

While your actions are relegated to a back burner,

That villifies your values and highlights your looks.

Artifice and vanity are like slack water

They stagnate the individual’s personality for

It remains mired in what people want you to be

Your own unique brand that flows against the trend.

Not what you should be, nor how to develop

Rebel against being brainwashed into looking ‘right’ To ‘fit in’ .

Stand tall. Create waves, tsunamis

For change and differences rather than being a copy!