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The Twelve Angels of Beirut

The Twelve Angels of Beirut

They huddle together in the heavens
Muttering amongst themselves
Confused as any human down below

We bestow upon them the ancient teachings
Not once, not twice, variations to please all walks of life
Yes thrice

They may choose the ancient books they follow
They may keep the traditions yet must adapt to modern intellect
Such literate men who seem not to read

Who can cast his eyes at his child?
Feeling nothing but love and endearment?
Who pray tell us is displeased to arrive at his home at dusk?

Angels we twelve have nourished
We have showed you both love, morality and compassion
Yet ye who divides faith, chooses battle

You so easily prefer to drink blood
Rather than bestow a red rose upon breast
Olive trees so ripe have no meaning at all for you

Like a tree that reaches the sky
All things change, as evolution’s duty dictates
Yet you fight to keep perceptions frozen in time

You cover a woman’s face
When its you who should hide in shame
Modesty is how we bestow good deeds to strangers

It is how we look at our hearts in the mirror
A woman’s beauty should shine to the heavens
Competing only with a mans debonair style of chivalry

Honor you mother and father
Honor your tribe
Not with traditions and rented cloth

Honor with your whole heart
Feed the poor and kiss your enemy on both cheeks
The skies will become your friend

We sit here waiting in torment and anguish
Crying to the heavens that surround us
We gave you hearts and minds

You return us blood and bombs
We are ashamed of our duties
For we have obviously failed you

Forgive us, you tribes of the three branches
We are the twelve angels of Beirut
Whose tears give you your sea

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  1. Date: 11/26/2015 5:45:00 PM

    Wow Arthur.... an amazing heartfelt write that touches the heart and soul of all that read. #7 Hugs
  1. Date: 11/24/2015 10:27:00 AM

    OMG, this is SO GOOD, Arthur. You are brilliant at both serious AND humorous verse. well, gotta be out the door soon for my trip to Iowa. That is why you may not see me around. Just love this!!
  1. Date: 11/22/2015 9:33:00 AM

    If I only read this one poem today it would have been worth while coming here today. This is profoundly moving. Truly one of your best Arthur.
  1. Date: 11/21/2015 10:17:00 PM

    So powerful my friend. It is a travesty that we have so many new angels as of late.
  1. Date: 11/21/2015 5:27:00 PM

    Genuine love and compassion shines through this awesome write, Arthur. hugs!
  1. Date: 11/21/2015 10:23:00 AM

    peace be with us all; no more hatred but only love!... lovely, arthur..huggs
  1. Date: 11/21/2015 6:01:00 AM

    May the hand of God come down and release the changeling, xxx
  1. Date: 11/21/2015 1:08:00 AM

    Now its you who misted my eyes...'Honour with your whole heart/ Feed the poor and kiss your enemy on both cheeks' - So deep. 'We gave you hearts and minds/ you return us blood and bombs ' , Honour your tribe not with traditions and rented cloth ' ,' Olive trees so ripe have no meaning at all for you '... Oh what days of pain Arthur..Yes how many tears ..a sea of tears..If only we could all have a branch of that one huge olive tree.. A fave .
  1. Date: 11/20/2015 10:32:00 PM

    A wonderful tribute to so many that our being pursicute. So much violance so much hatred :"( .
  1. Date: 11/20/2015 9:06:00 PM

    Dear Arthur A seven for brilliance in tribute, my friend, and yes Kathy's tears is about a real woman a good friend of mine, thank you dearest friend for your prayers, I've got to get up early but wanted to say thanks to you take care, always yours cheri
  1. Date: 11/20/2015 6:04:00 PM

    Heartfelt and brilliant write my friend.Very sad that the ones so filed with pure hate will look at this poem and think only of ending your life too! Once that deep into hatred there seems to be no turning back. A7...
  1. Date: 11/20/2015 1:15:00 PM

    Tears run down my cheeks as I write - thank you for penning this Arthur - we seem to be focusing on Paris yet other area's of the world are also suffering such atrocities yet the coverage is not so widespread - I do hope you get many more reads and comments my friend:-) hugs jan xx 7
  1. Date: 11/20/2015 9:16:00 AM

    Oh Arthur.....You are amazing. What depth in this write. Yes, we are all His children. Why be intolerant and hateful? I'm so sorry I didn't visit sooner. I've been so tired. Had a long long sleep. Bless you. Do not be discouraged by those reading more your Paris write than this, my dear. It is only...expected. Sending you, dear one, Hugs
  1. Date: 11/20/2015 3:31:00 AM

    Exquisite write Arthur...I have missed reading ur work for quite sometime !!
  1. Date: 11/20/2015 1:16:00 AM

    Breathtaking, I have seen this on the news. xoxo
  1. Date: 11/20/2015 12:45:00 AM

    Always one in the crowd