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He Touched Me

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He Touched Me

Do you know what it is like to be an untouchable?
To be so filthy and disgusting
That people shrink away from you
Do you know how it corrodes your soul
To see how the stench that follows your rotting flesh
Contorts people’s faces in disgust
Even from miles away?
I tell you, you die a thousand deaths
Each time you see them cover their faces
To protect themselves from the putrid air
That surrounds you
And they scurry away
Revolted by your very shadow

It doesn’t help that you have to scream
“Unclean, Unclean” everywhere you go
It doesn’t help that daily you have to find your food
Left behind an agreed upon boulder 
It doesn’t help when you taste the bread
Your wife has baked with loving hands
Knowing that the salt of her tears is mixed in the dough
That nourishes your rotting body
It doesn’t help when visions of her beauty and healthy body
Ravage your mind…for she has become untouchable to you
It doesn’t help when all you remember are the last words 
Your crying son sobs into her apron….
“Why does daddy have to leave?” 
And you quietly slink away…unable even to hold him
One last time

Being a leper
Is the nightmare you can’t easily shed
How unlike your body that easily sheds
Your fingers…one by one

And then you hear of a Healer
A Nazarene
A carpenter turned preacher
Who mingles with prostitutes
With tax collectors 
Society’s untouchables
Outcasts like you and you think…
Maybe…just maybe

I tell you this….
All my yesterdays and all my tomorrows
Were bound in the moment I stood before him
His disciples stepped back
I saw a woman get sick
At the sight of me
And before I knew it, the words tumbled out
“Lord, if you are willing…..you can make me clean.”

I was a crumpled ball on the ground
A discarded piece of human waste
Not daring to look up
My half eaten face covered
Thoughts of my wife, my boy swimming in my head
And pouring out of my eyes in the form of tears
And then for the first time since I was banished to the outskirts of the city
For the first time in what seemed like a lifetime
I felt the touch of another human hand 
His hand was on my shoulder
His hand was on MY shoulder
The refuse of humanity
On ME!
Ah…I had forgotten how good it felt to be touched

It was a gentle touch
A touch of love 
A touch of healing
“I am willing, be clean.”
I heard whispered in my ear
The warmth of the touch
The nearness of the voice
Were enough to heal my soul
What more could I ask for?
And yet….I felt something else
New life coursed through my veins
A wave of energy
Started from the souls of my feet
Revitalizing every cell as it rushed up to my dazed head
Bursting into a clarity of vision I had not known
I looked at my hands
Yes, these were MY hands
The hands that she had loved to hold against her face
The hands that my son had clung to when he was afraid
The hands of a workman
Young, strong capable hands

There was silence
As they all witness my rebirth
Finally, I looked up to see
The most compassionate face
That I had ever seen in my life
I saw tears running down His face
And yet, His smile rivaled the sun
And the next thing I knew
I was in His embrace
Whole…body and soul
Whole
All because
He touched me.

Eileen Manassian Ghali

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  1. Date: 4/25/2013 6:44:00 PM
    This is more than a great poem.. It is a long journey of ultimate feelings sprinkled with your gilded spirit..... Reading you Eileen elevate the soul into the level of touching the clouds...... I had a deep belief in your poetic abilities and today I have witnessed this wonderful power being displayed in the form of letters.... Cheers! You have made it to the Top... Alone.. with no Companion, no Match, and no Rival! ;-) XOXO

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/25/2013 9:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Guru Jad, my dear, thank you so much for your kind sweet and uplifting words. You are always such a boost to my spirit. :) Interesting how the one about Jesus and His healing touch is the one that made it this far! :) I guess He is trying to tell me something. Thanks for sharing my joys and sorrows...you are a great friend that I actually have the privilege of SEEING, and what a lovely sight! Hugs!
  1. Date: 4/23/2013 10:55:00 PM
    Not often am I stumped for a comment. In this moment I am. I'm speechless. Suffice to say I'm touched. Off to my "fave" file. Good poetry, my friend. :)

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/25/2013 9:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Your comment does me honor, my dear! More importantly, I think Jesus is smiling! :) Thanks ever so much!
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 9:55:00 PM
    Well...awe sums it up...my favs as well so I can be rejuvenated whenever I need it...

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/25/2013 9:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    MD....I love you and miss you! Hope all is well! Hugs!
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 4:34:00 AM
    to my fav

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/21/2013 5:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ahhhhhhhhhhh.......thank you, Harry. What an honor. :)
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 3:59:00 AM
    Eileen, I have sent this to my FAVS. Anytime humility vacates my soul I shall read this and humility will once more reign. I can only hope to write this well someday. You are marvelous and your faith has been well presented. May His touch be always on your soul....... Love you dearly.... Jake

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/21/2013 5:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Jake, thanks ever so much for this touching post. :) May the Lord bless you and keep you in all that you do. Hugs
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 12:24:00 AM
    This is one smashing write, Eileen, in its uninhibited best,..:) jag

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/21/2013 12:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    How kind of you....Thanks! :)
  1. Date: 4/20/2013 7:52:00 AM
    You have taken my breath away. This has to be one of the most touching and moving poems I have ever read. Everyone should read this poem. I am so moved Eileen. This is beyond a favorite for me, truly inspiring.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/20/2013 12:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank God. I'm glad it has been a blessing to you, Richard. He wants to touch each one of us if we will only let Him. When I'm far from Him...so many things go wrong in my life. When I spend time with Him...I'm such an easier person to get along with! :) Take care....
  1. Date: 4/20/2013 3:22:00 AM
    Excellent. Very touching write. Enjoyed. Tfs

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/20/2013 12:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'm glad you enjoyed it, Ravi. :)
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 2:55:00 PM
    You are masterful with these stories Eileen, you write them with such compassion and how you pack the emotion in I do not know. Beautiful write. Take care, Richard

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/20/2013 1:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Richard. Thank you for taking the time to read. I do attend church every Sabbath, and often sermons will be preached on this topic or something else that brings in new ideas about these stories. My dad is a pastor, and at some point...that is what I wanted to be as well. These stories are very familiar to me. Thanks for the visit.
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 2:28:00 PM
    Great work about the Bible Story that we have all read from time to time..Enjoyed reading your version of it..It very well speaks of your faith in The Master..Enjoyed reading this afternoon..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/20/2013 1:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sara, thank you for your kind words. I wish I could say that I never wander....I do, but He is always ready to take me back. The love of this world is so conditional....His is everlasting. Hugs!
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 2:09:00 PM
    This is very beautiful indeed. Inner cleansing of the soul.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/20/2013 1:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Drake. I'm touched by your post.
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 1:48:00 PM
    I am in awe, Eileen! I have to say, I am not particularly religious, but you have truly brought this story to life! You have such a gift, my friend, and I am so happy to be able to read your poetry. I am also not surprised that you saw many of your own traits in my latest poem - I knew we had much in common! :)

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/20/2013 12:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Heather, thanks for the post, my dear. Yes, we surely do have a great deal in common. I'm glad you enjoyed this write. I can only say...that when I do spend time in prayer and Bible study...I'm a much easier person to live with! ;) Hugs!