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Beautiful Beirut

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Beautiful Beirut

As the moon smiles down on the sparkling Mediterranean
The gentle rolling hills
Reach bejeweled fingers into the sea
Spilling the overflow of sparkling lights
Onto fishing boats that dot the horizon
The irregular coastline, encrusted with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires, flirts with lovers in parked cars who melt into each other's embrace

nature orchestrates
hills and sea move in rhythm
heavenly music

The statue of Virgin Mary smiles down from the pinnacle of a hill
Lower down, above a river, the statue of Jesus the King, 
with arms outstretched, reminds city dwellers that He is ever present: watching, reaching, loving, and blessing

The constant sound of music floats on the night air
A strange melodic marriage of East and West:  Arabic, English, and French
Languages that coexist sometimes within a single sentence.

Overhead, cable cars pass over the highway, seeking a holy destination 
Carrying passengers to the cathedral of Virgin Mary
Where they make pilgrimage up the winding staircase of the statue, asking for forgiveness, seeking solace…penance for their sins.
Others who wait for them at the base of the statue look out over Beirut
Reflecting on life as they view the spectacular beauty spread below them,
Twinkling lights of hope in a country still bearing the ravages of war
The eternal sea a sure promise of continuity, stability and strength.

veil covers the night
moon and stars are not silent
beauty has a voice

Beirut at night- an enchanting place where history and modernity make love under the admiring gaze of tourists. Majestic minarets and splendid steeples pierce the solemn sky, silent witnesses of the need for the adherents of the two main religions in this city to coexist in peace. 

At times, my little heart just cannot take in the beauty around me. I’m overwhelmed as I thrust my head out the window of our car…in search of liberation. I let the wind play in my hair, exhilarating me with each dreamy caress! I let the lights on the fishing boats, yachts, and cargo ships, woo my heart to adventurous shores beyond my limited ones of existence. I let the hills dazzle me with their display of multicolored lights…seducing my senses to live alternate lives of those dwelling within the halo of each light. And when the beauty is more than I can take in, I look up into the night sky where the moon and the stars serenade my heart and promise me a beautiful tomorrow in this mesmerizing city of life, light, and love…Beirut!

Eileen Manassian Ghali

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  1. Date: 8/26/2013 8:17:00 PM

    tatum.... walla you are now able to view my BIO.... please click on my bio.... :-) :-) Stop by and say hi when you receive my messages.

  1. Date: 8/26/2013 8:15:00 PM

    I'm sorry Eileen, I maybe this one will help... http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/poems_by_poet.aspx?ID=18720

  1. Date: 8/26/2013 5:35:00 AM

    Beautiful! Fantastic! I feel as if I have just been on a wonderful vacation.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/26/2013 6:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Glad to have transported you there, my dear! Hugs!
  1. Date: 8/12/2013 12:20:00 AM

    I love this vivid picture. So much to take in. Good poem

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/13/2013 8:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Justice! So glad that you stopped by! :)
  1. Date: 8/10/2013 5:42:00 AM

    So much history....so much sorrow....so much joy...so much hope....hard to even comprehend from here in Minnesota, Eileen...thank you So Much for giving me a peak! jimbo

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/11/2013 4:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    JIMBO! :) Thanks ever so much for the visit and the lovely post! Yes...Minnesota is so far away~ Been there...a few years back! Lovely! Glad I could give you a peek... :)
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 10:38:00 PM

    If you are interested in finding out a little more about Beirut, the ravages left by war and its history...please type "Why Fireworks Scare me", and "Why, Beirut, Why" into the search engine on my page and go to these two poems. They will give you an idea about what made Beirut what it is today...the city that still shows the marks of war....yet beauty as well! :) Thanks! I appreciate all your visits!

  1. Date: 8/9/2013 7:35:00 PM

    a picturesque scenery painted by your golden quilll.. i'm going there to honor the place!... lovely work, eileen..:) hugggs

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 10:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    WOW! You are more than welcome, my dear poetess...Shall I get out the red carpet? ;) Hugs!
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 4:38:00 PM

    A great write Eileen, sounds like a beautiful place....Peter

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 10:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Peter...beauty is subjective. Others might not see the beauty, but I do! It fascinates me! Thanks for stopping by! :)
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 3:12:00 PM

    Beirut! Beirut! The land that gave us Khalil Gibran. An indefatigable people, too. Oh, Lebanon!

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 10:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    YES YES YES! That is the land alright! Have you been here? The people have been through SO much! I've lived through the war myself...spend time in bomb shelters...Yes, the country till now suffers from the ravages of that, but....it is still beautiful! Thanks for the lovely post! :)
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 1:55:00 PM

    beautiful, DX

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 10:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    How sweet! Thanks!
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 1:47:00 PM

    Sounds much the same as after the English rebuilt it after beating Saladin lol. You made it seem beautiful and crazy,or was that just you lol. A write filled with pride and rightly so my little Desert Orchid. Your country will always be 'The Lebanon' , to me. Take care, Richard

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 10:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    BOY you sure go far back, Mr Seal...a little bit of both...in answer to your question! I don't mind being called cray as long as the adjective beautiful accompanies it. You know me well, Mr Seal....There was a popular group who sang a song and I remember something about...."when the solders have gone, from the LEBANON!" Yup, come over and visit...Desert Orchid will show you a good time. :) (don't go interpreting things now...I'll take you sight seeing...) Oh dear...I'm going to quit now!
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 10:30:00 AM

    Hello dear sweet Eileen! Noticed in your reply to Becca that you mentioned that Lebanon isn't your country of origin. Would I be out of line to ask where you were born? I will still love you if you decide to tell me to take a hike!!! LOL Hugsssssss xoxox

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 10:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hello my sweet handsome KR! :) Ask away...I was a few months shy of being born in Michigan...Dad and mom were planning to go there for Dad to get his MA degree..Our first trip to the States...the second when he got his Ph.D in Riverside. I am Armenian! Heard of us? ;) I was born in...DRUM ROLL...I was born in IRAN! Persia...as it was called! Are you amazed! ;) I now carry a Cypriot passport! I'm a citizen of the world! HUGS!
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 9:37:00 AM

    lol, what the heeps Just happened shame on me... Let me fix my comment on the bottom... I don't know why I thought this was Andrea's poem... whack whack!!! Get out of my head Andrea.... haha Sorry Eileen,... No wonder I felt different when reading this poem, and thinking Andrea, wrote the poem. I kind of thought ~WOW~ not Andrea's usual way of writing... Love the poem, and it is still going on my favorite poem wall... xox LINDA

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 10:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yup...get of her head Andrea and give some of us a chance to get in there and check things out! ;) Great news about the favorite poem wall! Thanks a million! :)
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 9:27:00 AM

    Eileen, sorry for mention the wrong poets name..((just removed the name))---- this is one of your best and my fav from you...Adding this beaut on my favorite poem list.. I might even make it my favorite poem of the week... luv luv you... Linda xx:-)xx:-)xx:-)xx:-) <--- hugs & smiles no kisses for you.. LMFAO

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 10:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Linda...I did get a bit confused there! I read your post twice! That's OK, my dear....I'm so glad that you liked this piece about this enchanting city! I'm so very honored that POET DESTROYER would add my poem to her list of favorite poets! Nothing could bring me more joy than when a poet does that! Thank! Hugs and smiles....keeping the kisses for hubby! HA HA HA HA! Take care!
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 9:12:00 AM

    How beautiful!!! Beirut used to get such bad stigma. But, I have seen pictures and it does look really awesome. I remember when this game show (still on today after so many years), Price is Right, would offer a vacation to Beirut as a prize! But, that was back in the early 80s.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 9:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Drake....come visit! You won't be sorry! :) Beirut is becoming famous for its night life! This place rocks! Sure you can handle it? ;)
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 8:26:00 AM

    Eilleen, this poem is very magically intense within your words of passion for your city. Wishing you a blessed weekend luv. Love, Gail

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 9:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Gail...thanks, my dear! Very sweet of you! I appreciate the visit and the kind words! Hugs!
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 8:10:00 AM

    oh my gosh, I just LOVE this kind of writing. One example of the kind of lines I love seeing, this one: "where history and modernity make love under the admiring gaze of tourists." May I suggest that you add a haiku or two into it and call it haibun? This is spectacular!!! I had come here to thank you for your fave and now I am needing to fave YOU!!

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 9:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ANDREA! I'm so so touched by your post! WOW! Thanks! :) I would try to work it into a haibun, but I'm not good at haiku! :( I mean...I've done plenty, but....perhaps not right? Maybe...I will give it a shot and let you know! HUGS!!!!!!!
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 6:51:00 AM

    Reads like a wonderful place to live or visit..Your work is very captivating and descriptive...I enjoyed reading this one today..Thanks for the visit to my work..Sara

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 7:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    How are you, my dear! Thanks for stopping by. It is a rather crazy, wild, and beautiful place to live! Something ALWAYS going on! Sara...you know it is mentioned in the Bible several times. Read this beauty: Psalm 92: 12- The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon :)
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 6:07:00 AM

    This is really good Eileen! Such a love you have for your city, and such a romantic description, it sounds wonderful.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 6:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    TYPICAL....BECCA...I always seem to get my posts mixed up! Oh dear! Thanks for the lovely visit and comment! Yes....It is a lovely place at night....everything is magical. During the day some of the less beautiful parts show, but....that is the result of years of war. This isn't really my country...though I did spend my formative years here. I do love Beirut! :) I have a poem posted earlier about the effects of war on Beirut....Maybe check it out sometime!
    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 6:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My daughter is back home, my brother-in-law is getting engaged, so last night we had a LONG drive to a lovely coffee shop on the other side of Beirut and I got to see all the wonders! One way...the hills...the other way...the sea. The place where we went has a beautiful view of the mountains and sea. Everybody was drinking in the beauty and commenting about how the lights on the hills looked like a diamond necklace. I had to capture it all! :) So glad you got to see a part of it, Richard...How I wish you could see all the colors....
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 6:06:00 AM

    Simply breathtaking, I feel like I have read this one before or was it another one about your country. Either way you transported me to a glorious place and I seen smelled and touched my surroundings.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 6:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My daughter is back home, my brother-in-law is getting engaged, so last night we had a LONG drive to a lovely coffee shop on the other side of Beirut and I got to see all the wonders! One way...the hills...the other way...the sea. The place where we went has a beautiful view of the mountains and sea. Everybody was drinking in the beauty and commenting about how the lights on the hills looked like a diamond necklace. I had to capture it all! :) So glad you got to see a part of it, Richard...How I wish you could see all the colors. I wish I could make you see the beautiful colors, Richard...
    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 6:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Richard....HI! :) Morning! You're up early?! You're usually up around 3:30 to 4:00 pm my time! Yes, you did read about it in Yacht Club Dreams...Remember that blue eyed man who owned the St George Yacht Club? Five part trilogy? Oh well....Let me tell you about what brought this poem about.....
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 6:05:00 AM

    Sounds like paradise... I'll be on the next plane, Teach! You are a brilliant writer, sweet lady! Honoured to call you a dear friend! Warm hugs xoxox

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 6:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi, KR...How are you doing, my dear....YOU JUST GET OVER HERE, Jack. I will make sure you get a taste of the place and the fantastic cuisine! :) I'm honored to have you for a friend...Teach...I like that nickname, Jack! ;) HUGS
  1. Date: 8/9/2013 2:22:00 AM

    You speak so lovingly about your land.Your wishes are so heard from afar.You desxribe this beauty of this land I never visited yet. You describe its magic so well..You make me want to use a magic wand..Shout one two three and be there.I can feel the love for your land deeply dear.

    Chircop Avatar Charmaine Chircop Date: 8/9/2013 3:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Tnks for the offer dear..It definitely is beautiful..I just googled beirut images tourism cause your poem intrigued me with curiousity and its mrsmerizing : )
    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/9/2013 2:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Charmaine! :) How are you sweet charming Charmaine....This is an enchanting city. So many of the tourists who come here, fall in love with it. During the day it is congested and sometime nerve wracking to drive in the streets, but night time....ah...that is when the magic begins! Thanks for the lovely post, If you ever decide to come, you have a place to stay! HUGS!