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What do You Hear

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What do You Hear

I took my students outside
Told them to be still
They looked at me in wonder
Outside of the classroom
What was teacher up to this time?
I whispered….
“What do you hear?”
The booming of the cicadas
In the pine trees on campus
Drowned everything else out
They smiled….

“Write….write about the sounds you hear
Nature has a voice
What does it tell you?
How does it make you feel?”

Today, as I lie on my living room couch
Laptop on belly
In my own world of words
I look out the window
To a over towering pine tree
My little Africa, I’ve called it
The branches curve like the western side
Of that continent
The tree is ALIVE
Little cicadas….irrespective of size
Boom a symphony
Dying to be heard
The rhythm of summer
 Maddening chorus
Made by body vibrations
Part of the mystical magic 
Of the pine scented trees that
Surround my home

I too need to be heard
For some…the sound will be monotonous
For others…a pulsating melody of a body, a mind set in motion
By dreams, desires, wants, hopes, expectations
By LIFE

A short life span has the cicada….
I, too, am here today, gone tomorrow
But I will not be silent
You may like the “music” I make
Think it heavenly
Soothing
Lulling
Enough to make you dream sweet dreams
Or
You may find it aggravating
Bothersome
Vulgar and loud
Whatever the case may be
That’s me….
Singing in the tree of life
Singing because I know
I too will have to go
But you cannot silence my voice
I sing for me…
I sing for you…
I sing for anyone willing to hear
The vibrations of my soul
I sing because....
I'm dying to be heard
I sing because
Simply because....
 I’m ALIVE…

Eileen Manassian Ghali

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  1. Date: 8/17/2013 12:04:00 AM
    wonderful poem. And yes I concur with linda. Never stop singing.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/17/2013 6:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Jon...I will try not to...sometimes the going gets tough, but......I'll be a thorn bird and sing even when impaled! :)
  1. Date: 8/16/2013 9:33:00 AM
    Heard about some bad stuff going on over there... you are safe I hope1 :( Be careful dear lady1 Hugs and much love xoxox

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/17/2013 6:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Love ya, Kenny! You are a sweetie pie! I'm Ok...it's far from where I live. Right now the situation in Egypt is making us worried....hubby has relatives there. :(
  1. Date: 8/16/2013 3:12:00 AM
    you are wonderful Eileen, I embrace your poem, and write. never stop singing. ..love the poem Richard dedicated in your honor. .. Queen Yes indeed. ..linda

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/16/2013 4:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for the words of affirmation, Linda. You are one of the giants on this site....Don't go leaving....As for Richard's poem...I'm so touched by it. He is a mentor to me...always encouraging me to try to reach higher highest, to enter contest, to believe in myself...which at times isn't an easy task. He is dear to me and gives more praise than I deserve, but I'm not complaining....Thanks for stopping by...Getting ready for a big family outing. Will get to your new poem soon...:-D
  1. Date: 8/15/2013 9:30:00 PM
    You have made a beautiful contrast with your internal and external voice. Nice poem.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/15/2013 11:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Christine, I'm glad you liked it, and I thank you for your kind comment. :)
  1. Date: 8/15/2013 3:49:00 PM
    Wonderful, wonderful write, I adore nature and you portray it so well, keep singing Eileen, I will always listen....Peter

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/15/2013 11:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) Thank you, Peter! On a different note (pun intended) I do sing. I sing in church. I've done solos and duets and quartets and choir music. I LOVE TO SING! My daughter's voice is AMAZING. She's posted a couple of songs on youtube. I'm so proud of her. We love singing hymns together. She does soprano, and I alto. My parents were great singers. Music is a very real part of my family! :) Thanks...for listening!
  1. Date: 8/15/2013 1:50:00 PM
    so auditory and complemented with strong, expressive images, eileen... yeaah, my kinda stuff!.: ) huggs

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/15/2013 2:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) That is high praise indeed! Thanks, Nette! :)
  1. Date: 8/15/2013 11:23:00 AM
    I love this. Can you imagine - if we were all deaf - we could not enjoy the beautiful sounds of the world. Thanks for sharing.... Lucilla

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/15/2013 2:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I've always wanted to work with deaf people....I learned sign language one summer when I was in the States....I've forgotten it. I need to brush up. Yes...the loss of sight or vision would be devastating....Thanks for visiting, Lucilla!
  1. Date: 8/15/2013 10:34:00 AM
    Hello Vulgar and Loud haha, Bothersome, you, really lol, No 5 is ALIVE and don't we know it lol, your never monotonous my little Desert Orchid, your driven and that's a good thing. Take care, Richard

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/15/2013 11:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh Mr Seal....of the whole poem...you go and pick out these two words. You are naughty to the CORE!!!!!! GRRRRRRRRR....what to do with you? My talons are getting in the way of my typing....NO 5 will turn into a Transformer and come and devour you ALIVE....oh...Ok...just read the last bit of your post. You are forgiven, Mr Seal. Desert Orchid thanks ye kindly!
  1. Date: 8/15/2013 9:17:00 AM
    The songs you sing are on my all time Greatest Hits List. Keep on singing, there are people listening!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/17/2013 6:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) :) :)
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 8/16/2013 7:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Absolutely
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/15/2013 11:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Richard...you DO know your audience! What an amazing post! All time greatest hits along with STING and Diana Krall and Marley? Thanks for stopping by with these words of encouragement.
  1. Date: 8/15/2013 8:44:00 AM
    Great comment by Drake... can't top that! Love and great big warm hugs sweet Teach! xoxox

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/15/2013 11:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes, that is a great comment by Drake! :) How are you, Jack???? Hope all is well. Teach sends ya warm hugs as well!!!! Your post is sweet and endearing!
  1. Date: 8/15/2013 8:36:00 AM
    To hear the sounds of the outer & inner voice, is to have truly attained clarity. Thus, giving one the ability to become a force of nature...and be not only "heard", but understood.

    Eszes Avatar Drake Eszes
    Date: 8/16/2013 2:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    =D
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/15/2013 11:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ok...It's morning...double checking that the post makes sense! :) Hope all is well, Drake!
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/15/2013 2:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Drake....I'm not a night person. My brain is totally useless at night. Wake me up at five in the morning, and everything is CRYSTAL clear...should I wait till then to post an answer? ;) Lovely....lovely comment....I want to be a force of nature so I can be "heard and understood". Thanks for visiting! Hugs!