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Live in Love

Red roses for love and passion

Candles for creating an ambiance for love

Chocolate and candy to show its sweetness

Swans’ necks form a heart of love

Pigeons are for fidelity, longevity, peace

What other symbols do you need for objects of fondness.

What are mine, yours? Are they the same?

I believe each of us has one or more that are uniquely

Ours. We cherish them as though, thoroughly

Loved, like a person or pet, we pamper them,

Talk, complain, vent, and play with them,

As though animate, alive, aware, awesome,

And astonish in its silence and peace.

Those objects of love become our lifeline

To better, younger, simpler days where time,

And responsibilities were minimal, a line

To laughter, languishing, loving, incorporating

All we love into simplicity and caring!!!!

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Mentally, I’m There

You’re here, you’re there, you’re everywhere!

Are you with me? Listening, discussing, sending a glare

Voicing your thoughts without really speaking!

Are you really there? Helping, fumbling for wording

Your ideas without being demeaning, or derogatory,

Or critical of me every time I raise a brow, or cheerily

Exclaim my feelings as we speak, or gesticulate freely

To get my point across without misunderstanding.

For a moment there, while talking, I escaped into my

World, created by my imagination, where justice is Never a lie,

Rather it’s the rule, where those who hurt others

Are punished based on the severity of their actions.

Oh what a wonderful wonder that world would be!

Any defamation or horrendous slight is penalized

In accordance to their actions. Pleasured

By all around us, feelings of superiority or inferiority

Are annexed, as all walks of life are needed to favorably

Survive a life filled with differences in needs and abilities.

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Dominian of Life

The journey of life encompasses extreme emotions

From depression, to betrayal, to exhiliration.

Starting from worst to best in order to end on a positive note

We begin at the lowest times filled with darkness:

An abyss of desolateness that propels you into a whole

Whirlpool that sucks you into a vortex of helplessness.

Don’t succomb to it!

Shout out your power and suppress anything that depresses it!

Betrayal is next, it’s the real-estate of a state of extreme

Emotions overpowering your selfworth and take

You into a sepulcher of pain trying to negate Its influence.

Accept it, face it, then leave it in a chest,

Locked, chained, and sealed with the hardiest

Of mannacles that are intangible, but bind none the less!

Your exhiliration comes with success in overcoming failure,

Cheer in the face of animosity, changes that come before

You are ready, but there regardless.

Facing the challenges of change can be charmless,

Or it could be an exultation so overpowering it renders

Your fear into miniscule object that has a suppressor.

Let life’s challenges be what strengthens who you are,

Let it assert its dominion over those ‘Nay Sayer’,

Never succumbing into the blackwhole of despair.

Let your faith in yourself be your real-estate rather than a betrayer.

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Voices Rise Not Hide

I’ve been sitting on the deck watching the fog

Creep out into the perilously darkened sky,

Waiting for winter’s cold to seep and hibernate in a log.

Even the tree trunk stops its growth and its leafy

Dress has fallen on the ground, food for worms

And other creepy crawlers that abide insides.

With covid spreading, killing, and scaring humanity,

Its many mutations vying for attention, probably,

Many feel the need for hibernation as long as no solution

Exists for man’s protection. Pharmaceutical companies competing for vaccination

Uncaring of side effects on man’s Health.

What fiction!

Holidays come and go without a cheery spirit.

We long for a time when we just drove to our

Destination, uncaring to where or with whom we’re

Meeting up with , as long as we meet, communicate,

Discuss, argue, chill, and amuse one another

With nothing but our presence and care!

Never forgo the need to stay in touch with your

Humanity that’s strained while you hibernate for

Fear of sickness, racism, and oppression reign!

Let them combat each other while our compassion

Rises to the fore, fights, wins, then rests in faith and religion.

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Oh father

Farther, frantic, frivolous, funny

Arbitrary, amazing, amorous, angry

Terrified, terrific, tutor, tumble, true

Healing, hearty, heavenly, hotheaded

Embrace, empower, enormous, encouraging

Rare, rowdy, resolute, resolved, remembered

All of these and more apply to a Father.

A day a year is never enough to appreciate

All he does for his family. Sacrifice is his middle name,

Silent support is his first, Power and strength are his last name,

A pillar of wisdom is his endgame.

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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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Chaos: Resist!

Chaos reigns! Darkness jumbled into rocks, falls!

Stumbles into larger and harder obstacles,

Obstructing your movements, slowing you downs.

Light creeps through the darkened shroud

Illuminating a tiny pinpoint at first, but the growth

Waits, suspended into increasing the spotlight

Into a much larger area, bathing it in its warmth,

And increasing its periphery to encompasse

The world in a loving balm upon your chaotic soul.

If you look back far enough, you will see chaos,

Fire, destruction, ruin, devastation running,

Bounding up into your mind, trying to drown

Out logic, light, live, love, and the brightness

Of acceptance that dark and light coexists

In all. It’s their sparring, their wounds,

Their journey to your need for lights

Belief in the existence of something betters

That drives you to make a move towards order.

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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.