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Bloggers PhotoI guess you could say I'm a citizen of the world. I've traveled....and I've lived parts of my life in Iran, Lebanon, the US, and Cyprus. I am proud of my Armenian heritage. I was born in Tehran, Iran and soon after that, my family went to the States for my dad to work on his MA degree and many years later, to work on his Ed.D. I have a lot of the Middle East and the West in me, and at times....I feel confused about my identity. I do, however, cling to my Armenian roots and am outspoken about recognition by the world of the Armenian Genocide that took place nearly 100 years ago.

Since my parents had no common language, the language spoken in our home was English. Yes, I am most fluent in English, and I think, dream, and converse in that language, though I do speak 5 other languages to varying degrees! :)

I am melancholy/sanguine by nature and feel everything very keenly. My highs are SUPER HIGH...and my lows...SUPER LOW! I guess you could say...I'm INTENSE. I'm passionate about poetry to the point of obsession.

The events that have colored my life are the death of my mother due to MS and the war in Lebanon. As a child, it was hard for me to come to grips with the fact that my mother was ill, and to see her go from being a vibrant, well-loved teacher to a wheelchair bound, isolated woman was a very harrowing experience. I do believe, though, that there is a resurrection day and that, by His grace, I will see my Mama fully of wheelchair, able to sing, laugh, and smile again. The war in Lebanon...bombs landing all around, nights spent in bomb shelters.. has also scarred me to some degree.

What I'm most proud of? That would be my daughter...Shereen Natalie Ghali. She is the light of my life. Her name in Farsi means SWEET! :)

Currently, I teach English at Middle East University in Beirut, Lebanon. Poetry Soup has been a haven for me....most of the time! ;) I've developed amazing friendships here that are very genuine and real. My dream is to one day have my name on a volume of poetry! One can always dream....Thank you for making the effort to get acquainted. God bless!

I Wish I Could Give Him..

Blog Posted:8/12/2014 8:49:00 AM

A story is told of Ryoken, the zen master,  who lived a humble life in a cottage on a hill. One evening, while he was out visiting, a robber entered his home hoping to find something of value. He searched in vain...there was nothing there worth stealing. Just then, the zen master entered and found the theif. Seeing his empty hands, he said, "My friend, you have come a long way to visit me. I cannot let you leave empty handed." Without another word, he took off the clothes he was wearing and placed them in the robber's hands, who then slunk away in shame.

That night, the naked Zen master sat cross legged on his porch, looking up at the full moon. He sighed as he thought of his visitor earlier that night. Musingly he said, "Oh, how I wish I could give him this beautiful moon."

Contentment is an illusive thing. Ambition drives us to achieve, to succeed, to, wealth, happiness. When will we learn that the most beautiful things in life have no price tags.

I'm very sad today because I learned of the death of Robin Williams. crying What a man...I loved that guy! Such depth of character...such versatility...such pure genius....such...unhappiness masked behind the smiles. He was not content though he had it all, in a sense. What eluded him? What was it? The moon still is in the sky...the stars still twinkle...the sun still shines...Was it lack of love? Was he unable to love himself? Unable to see the inner beauty? Depression is a terrible thing. I know. I struggle with it. I know the feelings of...."One more day is just too hard to endure"....Thus, sustance medicate the pain...

Contentment...where does it come from? Any ideas? Any thoughts? Anything you could have told Robin before he he deprived himself of the breath of life? Share with me....Tell me...It may help me one day...

A Bible verse that has touched me often...comes from my favorite Bible author, Paul, a man whom I LONG to meet one day and spend hours and hours with....

"For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:11 - 13). NIV

Was that the answer to give to Robin? a super power? In himself? Is that too simplistic an answer? Talk to me....

Robin, I wish I could give you....this beautiful moon! broken heartheart

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  1. Date: 8/17/2014 3:10:00 AM
    Haha like what I am doing now, being back here since I am not content with what I am saying here, thus the slew of replies-- what I want to convey eludes me. Doink. I might even go back and add more here, yikes. What I am saying I guess is contentment probably should come from within. Maybe most of the time, we are looking the wrong way? Outwards rather than inwards? It may seem external, go beyond ourselves to get it, since we raise our expectations high with what we want to attain, and that we go by with how others view our successes...going higher and higher, and we run that risk of losing ourselves, of forgetting that contentment should be rooted. That's what I think anyway. Thank you for letting me babble here, I love blogs that make me ponder and think, I just run the risk of saying too much and I probably don't even make sense most of the time. Oops.

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/17/2014 4:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hi, sweetie. I was out. Back now to read this. This is only so much you can convey here, my dear. I am an idealist, but that gives pain...Being a realist, also brings pain. I remember losing myself a while back when I learned of what most publishers want in poetry...It's not me. It will never be me. Did that squash my dream? Yes, it did. Took me a long while to get over it. Have you seen the movie Amadeus with Tom Hulce? I'm Salieri in the movie. Wanting, craving the genius of Mozart...for it is pure genius...composing at five, and yet I stand at the outskirts...churning out...what pales in comparison, yet I have the passion burning in me. Do you know what that does to a soul? I've become a realist, my dear. I will never change the hurts, but I will survive. Thanks for giving me food for thought. Hugs
  1. Date: 8/17/2014 2:07:00 AM
    I think for Robin, that pressure was too much? Being a celebrity, there was this certain expectation of him and multiply that and add the other issues in his life, personal and in his work and it could mean too much weight on himself that he couldn't carry... I think contentment for him was even more elusive, since he wasn't only being content for himself, but for his audience. Oftentimes, I think contentment can be a relative & tricky thing.

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    P.iNk Avatar binibining P.iNk Date: 8/17/2014 2:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ok, I am not claiming to be an expert on anything, but I am saying it how I see it, I might even deviate...Hope you don't mind if I use you for an example...You write with such passion, and that in itself makes you a wonderful writer, because not all can transcend those feelings in their words. You have set this bar high for yourself, so contentment for you, as a writer, eludes you. And I think that can be a good thing to a certain level-- since you push yourself to write better, and try to soar and hopefully you are satisfied with what you write. As you say, you are so affected with how others view your work-- but if you remove that factor, say, nobody reads your work (just an example)-- are you content with what you write?
    P.iNk Avatar binibining P.iNk Date: 8/17/2014 2:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No, not silly at all and I think it does make sense, of how contentment can be proportional to how much you have invested in something. But see how you speak of yourself, Eileen: "I'm a mediocre writer"... I don't think so. Of the relatively few poems that I have read of yours, I think you are so much more, you manage to evoke feelings in your readers-- but then again, how you classify yourself is multi-layered -- would that be from a technical perspective, or an emotional one for example. I can go on and on. cont'd
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/17/2014 2:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That is true, my dear. For Robin, his work defined him. I know this will sound very silly to you....It depends on how much you invest in something. I'm a mediocre writer, but poetry is my life...what people think of my work and poems can make me very discontent...It is a dream that I have...My last dream for others have died along the way. I'm profoundly affected by how people view my work. Robin had to entertain, but happy, make others forget their worries...a heavy burden to bear when you someone to do that for you, Yes?
  1. Date: 8/17/2014 1:59:00 AM
    Until now, there's this certain weight and sadness that falls on me, when I think of him-- the reactions of people everywhere, shows how much he was able to touch so many people. I think we see ourselves in him, identify with him on different levels. Nobody deserves to feel so alone. The story that you share here is so beautiful and gives me much to ponder on, somehow for me, it also gives a certain reflection of how we have these regrets, especially after people are gone, of wanting to give them so much more than what we have given them. Sorry if I'm so wordy here and I haven't even gotten to the part of contentment-- told ya I ramble!

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    P.iNk Avatar binibining P.iNk Date: 8/17/2014 2:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And you know what? Through it all, together with her amazing neurosurgeon, it was her faith in God that I think kept her alive...she turned 69 the day after her surgery.
    P.iNk Avatar binibining P.iNk Date: 8/17/2014 2:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh ummm. you don't know what you are asking for, Eileen, when you say that I keep it up with my rambling, you might regret it, haha! We all have our masks, don't we? And yes, depression can be such a sly thing, since sometimes, one can't even point out what triggers it, it just comes. You are right, it is complex. And one does what they can to at fight it, or at the very least, not fall in too deep to the point of suicide. You are brave and strong, for continuously trying to get up-- yes living faith can indeed help, paired with loving people around us. I am in awe with people like you, have have such strong faith in God, who never lose hope. My mom, has had her bouts with depression, and with the other physical struggles that would have killed others (her most recent ones would be excising her brain tumors, almost 1 year now) She had 2 brain surgeries in 2 years to take out 3 brain tumors. Aside from a slew of others operations.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/17/2014 2:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm am rambler too...Please, keep it up. I'm all for conversation. Yes...Robin has so affected me because I laugh behind the tears. I deal with depression and there are times...well, what can I tell you? I've been there. The pain is sometimes so deep...the sense of abandonment and hopelessness profound. You think the world would be better off without you...It's very complex, but I do know that a living faith helps. People say religion is a drug...Well, we are all a sense, and if drugs can medicate...why not? Prayer does help...Knowing someone is praying for you...Reading the WORD does help. God never intended for there to be pain or death...Jesus said he came to give us life and life to the full. Eternal life guaranteed, but this life embellished. He knows we are dust...and he is merciful...even to those who feel they can't go on.
  1. Date: 8/17/2014 1:51:00 AM
    I'm sorry I missed commenting on this very thoughtful blog of yours, Eileen. But I sure am glad to read this. Just last night, my mom was saying how she still thought of Robin, and wondered whether faith in God could have helped him see through his depression. I myself have wondered about what could have been going on inside him. I think so many of us have been affected not only with his death, but of how he died. I really don't want to judge, but what niggled at me was, where were his loved ones?? Didn't they see? Why was there nobody to catch him fall? There were signs, why weren't they more vigilant? I think it was so sad and unfair, for someone who shared so much joy, to die so sadly

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    P.iNk Avatar binibining P.iNk Date: 8/17/2014 3:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, it is definitely a shame (& so maddening) when there is a refusal to understand-- there is a saying here, "Mas mahirap gisingin ang taong gising kaysa sa tulog"-- something like "It is harder to wake up somebody who is really awake yet pretending to sleep, than those who are really sleeping" and that song, definitely touches the heart.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/17/2014 2:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    And a shame when they refuse to understand...denial. In this part of the world...mental illness is a taboo subject to discuss. If you seek professional help...that means you are crazy. In religious circles, it is also difficult...for it seems to suggest something about your connection with being faulty. I've become more outspoken on this subject because it pains me that no one understands... :( Starry Starry Night...the song about Van Gogh...makes me cry every time. "But I could have told you, Vincent, the world was never meant for one as beautiful as you." Sensitive souls have it hard, my dear. Hugs
    P.iNk Avatar binibining P.iNk Date: 8/17/2014 2:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I agree with you about suicide not being a denial of God's power-- I think it is more of a hopelessness, the ultimate disappointment with yourself that leads some people to want to end their lives? A loss of purpose can also be another and yes, with so many other factors aside from that, with as you say, chemical imbalances... there is so much more to it than I can understand... it's just truly a shame when others fail to see those warning signs
    P.iNk Avatar binibining P.iNk Date: 8/17/2014 2:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Wait I will reply here-- I am just a slowpoke, lol...
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/17/2014 1:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes...I've questioned the family as well. Usually someone who goes through with suicide has given warning could be an issue of "cry wolf" one time too many. They think it's a bluff. :( Yes...that could be it. Who knows, my dear. Faith in God...perhaps he had it. How are we to know? Suicide is not the ultimate denial of God and his power. It is an expression of a troubled mind no longer able to reason....It could be a physical imbalance of chemicals that the brain could be emotionally based. It need not be spiritual failure always. I don't know....something to think about. Thanks ever so much for posting. Hugs
  1. Date: 8/16/2014 5:24:00 PM
    Your thoughts in your reply regarding Robin Williams, are spot on. I think the answer for him might have simply been to let go of the expectations and fears, and let himself just be who he is beyond the performer, instead of letting go of life. So much easier said than done, especially since he had been an entertainer for so many decades .... how difficult it was to make any move that wasn't microscopically scrutinized by the public. And then add illness into the mix. Maybe letting go of the big things seemed impossible for him because he had accomplished so many big things?

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/16/2014 5:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes...when you are defined by your can become difficult, if not impossible. I'm sure if people just saw him on the street and he was grumpy or having a bad day...that would be such a let down for them...
  1. Date: 8/16/2014 4:35:00 PM
    *cont'd* -- I don't have the answers to the questions that you posed in this blog, because I am still asking so many questions. My generation grew up with Robin Williams. I think he is wonderful no matter wot happened this week. He was a tortured soul who I have empathy for .... and I still think he is wonderful. All I have are my own questions right now. Could he not feel his self-purpose, his self-worth any more? (if so, why not!?). I too wonder if an answer could have been a simplistic one? Could a simple conversation with a stranger have made a difference? Faith? I dunno? My Uncle breathes on faith alone. Literally. He's content doing anything under any conditions.

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/17/2014 1:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :) No, it isn't about doing it worse or better...but I admire better. Someone who is good with words is always someone that I hold in high esteem, for words are so very precious and dear to me. We do have different mind sets. Purpose in life perhaps come from different sources, but the key elements are changeless...Love...for fellow man, for self, for a higher power.
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/16/2014 5:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hold on. We have different minds, is all. You've expressed topics in your own way, in your own thought processes, that have changed some of my thought processes. I can be a serious dummy, so it isn't about doing it worse or better, but differently. Thank goodness for our differences!
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/16/2014 5:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Be it Buddhist/Hippy talk or not...I totally understand what you are saying though I could not possibly word it so well. I'm seriously not flattering here, Chris. I'm being genuine. You have a great way of crystalizing thought. Anyway...I've experienced these eternal moments...where everything...fits...has meaning. There is clarity and lucidity of thought...and you know...should you die in the next moment, you have lived. Thanks for coming back and adding more here. Appreciated...
    Aechtner Avatar Chris D. Aechtner Date: 8/16/2014 5:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The more that I ponder on it, I am still coming back to wot I am trying to get at in my blog. When one grounds and centres the mind on one moment, gives into that one moment completely, for all intent and purpose, it almost defies science as that ''one eternal moment'' .... it's a sensation of time stopping, of reality ceasing to be non-linear .... every particle seems sacred, has value. I know, it's that silly Buddhist/Hippy talk. I don't want to get into too much description because people might think that I am crazy, but when I achieve moments of 'non-thought', it's as if I am inter-woven into all of the particles around me. Any physical and mental pains become part of the contentment of that moment, and when I have to re-engage with the cacophony of life, there is this residual clarity which reinforces my purpose and self-worth, and it inevitably opens my heart even more to the loved ones around me.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/16/2014 5:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You might want to read Deb Wilson's blog on this as well. It is very moving. Contentment is a complex be able to see things outside of possessions...outside of even look inside and be happy with who you are...who you are becoming...who you were meant to be is key. I think Robin felt that he wouldn't be loved if he didn't "perform". Feeling that people won't love the real you steals contentment. Sometimes we need to just BE...and see the beauty...outside, inside, and above. Hope I've made sense. It's been a hard day...and I'm drained. Thanks for stopping by.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/16/2014 5:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for visiting, Chris. I was so interested in knowing your thoughts on this. I don't know....would anything have made a difference? I don't think so...I've...been there. Sometimes its family and worry about what will happen to them that keeps you going. When someone is clinically depressed...medication helps. Faith helps, but Christians do a disservice when then think that faith is the magic trick to everything. God works through people...medical professionals, counselors, and family. I'm just grateful that he is merciful. Thank you for your input. Much appreciated.
  1. Date: 8/16/2014 4:29:00 PM
    Even under the circumstances of the topic matter involved, I find this to be a great blog, Eileen. You ask such a powerful question. Honestly, there is too much for me to ponder on at the moment, that I might not be able to offer any extra insight. I am familiar with the Ryoken story. The questions you pose should hopefully cause more conversation than is shown in the amount of comments here, because I believe contentment to be one of the most pertinent topics of them all.

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  1. Date: 8/14/2014 7:06:00 PM
    What would I tell to Robin Williams if I could have told him anything before His pain,troubles ended his life.I would tell him,'Think of one reason in life,one special moment,one special person,life is worth living for ,life is a battle worth fighting for-live,and let me love you,let me love that sensitive person who gave so much to me,its your payback time.,Feel loved'.Do you feel unloved,alone,lets talk about it,and if you don't feel like talking,I just stay with you in silence,I'. I guess the only true sentence would be 'Find one reason you must live for' and Jesus loves you'

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/14/2014 9:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh are so so sweet. Payback time. I so like that. Givers often give until they are completely empty....and that, unfortunately, is too late for some. Love your post, my sweet. Have a great day. Hugs
  1. Date: 8/14/2014 2:31:00 PM
    Everyone is completely unique but our basic needs are universal. How you meet those needs depends on who you are. People need to engage with love. Even truth, outside of love, falls completely short. Deep relationships and a sense of life purpose are critical!

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/14/2014 9:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I see the truth in your lines, LM. Yes, we do medicate differently...but we all have baggage...of that I'm certain. Some of us just know how to hide it better. Thanks for your input.
  1. Date: 8/13/2014 10:25:00 PM
    Yes many of us suffer this way - and I think you have something when you say we need to love ourselves, consider ourselves as valuable as we might consider someone else? until then we can not truly be whole

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/14/2014 9:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Words of wisdom, Debbie...Jesus did say, "Love your neighbor...AS YOURSELF!" Self love is essential for survival. Thanks for passing by...Hugs
  1. Date: 8/13/2014 4:36:00 PM
    Eileen, I watched a half hour show last night that explored this topic. I had no idea, but I guess he was experiencing some financial problems. His new series, that aired last year for one season, got canceled. I had rather liked it too. He had had heart surgery, something like that, several years ago. And they say it also adds to depression. Just as I had guessed, he was bi-polar. A lovely girl in my church, only 23, shot herself last year and she was a bi-polar sufferer. My ex brother in-law laid down by the oven and killed himself , he was bi-polar. It's a terrible condition to have. I guess we can't judge anyone till we walk in their shoes.

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/13/2014 4:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi Andrea....there was a time I was worried that I might be bi-polar. The mania side...doesn't always play out with me, but...there is something there for sure. I'm on anti-depressants and feel keenly for those who suffer from metal disorders. I'm no longer ashamed to talk about it. The mind is an organ, just like any other...I feel with troubled minds because...the can produce so much beauty out of the pain...Robin a case in point. Do you know the story of the cracked water pot? Andrea...EVERY makes me cry! Will blog about it soon. Thanks for the visit. Hugs
  1. Date: 8/13/2014 9:27:00 AM
    Greatest thing one can give is the message of hope in Christ. Our lives here are as fleeting mists that vanish in mere seconds. Robin Williams lived his life and because of a tragic illness(depression) ended it too soon. He left his mark, his gift and we that live can still accept that and celebrate his giving!

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/13/2014 9:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Of course, you are right, Robert. For in Him we live and move and have our being...though some don't acknowledge that. Depression is a monster....I've written extensively on this subject. It resonates within my soul. Sometimes clinical depression goes further than needs medical intervention. Thanks for your lovely post. Hugs
  1. Date: 8/12/2014 5:18:00 PM
    No Eileen, anyone who loved him should now enjoy more of what he left us because it is his gift. Imagine how he would feel if his gift was left to no one. What we must do is get a grip on reality and know that any celebrity that shared their gift from God with us is lucky and we must realize how lucky we were that they shared with us their gift. That being said, I don't feel sorry for the many Norma Jeanes that have met a tragic end because they are not victims any more than we are for our petty unnoticed habits. They thrive within that universe with their million dollar life styles just like corporate CEOs--but as we have learned it is not all roses--RIP Robin, you were among the best!

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/13/2014 9:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You worded all that so well, Craig. Like the saying goes..."Can't buy me love." I just don't know how things like that can go on for so long without people taking it seriously.'d be surprised how many cries for help go unanswered. People think..."It's a bluff...she won't do it." I don't know...I've posted about him on FB and I posted such a lovely pic which I tried to do here, but couldn't. Those eyes look so sad. Reminds me of Van Ghogh...troubled minds all around. Hugs
  1. Date: 8/12/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Do we all look for fame? fame tells us reach indeed the top of the mountain,,from then on it is all down hill....maybe the answer is how we handle it,,,Robin Williams gave the world himself, but left himself without a world, depression a sickness that paints illusions, he will be missed, Eileen,, in fact already i miss him

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/12/2014 10:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, Harry....I don't know if I can watch any movie he starred in now...It's so sad. Your words are full of wisdom, my dear. Givers don't know where to draw the lines...if they keep giving without receiving something to nurture their own souls...the results will be tragic. Thanks ever so much for visiting, my dear! Hugs
  1. Date: 8/12/2014 9:22:00 AM
    I play a game with myself, I find at least one thing to look forward too in each coming day yet at the same time do my best to live in the moment today. For the most part it works well.

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    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian Date: 8/12/2014 9:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :) Glad to know it, Richard. I want you to always be happy. You are a wonderful person and you deserve the best. God bless, my dear. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for visiting the blog. You did ask for me to tell you when I have a new one up! Thanks for being there for me...

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11/6/2015 Unwanted Acrosticpain,
11/3/2015 You Are Iambic Pentameterbeauty,
11/2/2015 Come Write for Me Sonnetwords,writing,
10/29/2015 Life According to Eileen Lyriclife,
10/27/2015 A Different Kind of Dragon Slayer Free versepsychological,
10/23/2015 My Muse Sonnetmuse,
10/22/2015 To Anne-Lise- My Sunshine Senryufriend,tribute,
10/21/2015 Poetic Art Senryuwords,
10/20/2015 On Bullying Free versebullying,
10/20/2015 Passive Aggressive Innuendos Free versebullying,
10/19/2015 Make Me Your Mistress Quatrainsensual,
10/19/2015 The Words Rankle Sonnetforgiveness,hurt,
10/16/2015 Softly Free versegoodbye,heart,
10/16/2015 The Blessings of the Sabbath Rhymecelebration,day,
10/16/2015 Put on Hold Rhymesenses,sensual,sexy,
10/15/2015 Imperfect Love Free versehusband,marriage,
10/14/2015 Don't You Dare Acrosticfeelings,friendship,tribu
10/13/2015 Lifeless in Gold Senryuallegory,
10/4/2015 I Want it Bad- Here's a Sweet Little Bribe Quatraincommunity,passion,poetry,
10/4/2015 Lessons Learnt in Life Ethereelove hurts,
10/4/2015 You Left Me Ethereelove hurts,
10/1/2015 Let Me Translate Free verselanguage,sensual,
9/28/2015 My Monster Has a Funny Name Dramatic monologueintrospection,
9/28/2015 Don't Be Afraid- Response to First Poem Rhymedeath,fear,
9/27/2015 He Makes me See in Color Free versetribute,
9/26/2015 Voracious Waves ABCsensual,
9/26/2015 You Love Your Poetry Rhymepoetry,satire,
9/22/2015 You Listen to Me Free verseprayer,thanksgiving,
9/21/2015 Too Much Sadness for Me Free versesad,truth,
9/20/2015 No Time for Her- The Affair Narrativebetrayal,hurt,husband,wif
9/17/2015 Sedated Sin Rhymedark,deep,sin,
9/17/2015 Fickle, Fickle, for Every Woman That's Put in a Pickle Couplethumorous,men,
9/9/2015 If You Wonder Prosegoodbye,
9/8/2015 I am the ONE Rhymerelationship,romance,
9/8/2015 What is it About Me Rhymepain,
9/8/2015 Waiting for Her to Come Home Quatraindaughter,love,
9/7/2015 Jack and John to the Tune of Jack and Jill- A Cheeky 101 Lyrichumorous,song,tribute,
9/6/2015 Judgment Senryujudgement,truth,
9/5/2015 I Wonder Would You Quatrainfantasy,humorous,
9/5/2015 Instincts of Innocence Epicinnocence,senses,sensual,
9/4/2015 You Silence Me Sonnetlove hurts,
9/1/2015 To Bloom in Red Flame Free versesensual,
9/1/2015 From the Padded Cell Free verseabuse,
8/28/2015 Let My Tombstone Read Sonnetbetrayal,dark,
8/27/2015 What is a Randomling Rhymepoetry,sweet,
8/27/2015 This String of Pearls- A PD Collaboration Free verselove hurts,
8/27/2015 Don't Censor Me Sonnetart,poetry,words,
8/26/2015 I Tell Her I Won't Cry Rhymedaughter,goodbye,
8/26/2015 The Forever Castle- A Collab with PC Quatrainfantasy,love,
8/25/2015 Fight for the One You Love- Collab with Silent One Free verseinspirational,love,
8/23/2015 Curves Senryubeautiful,image,woman,
8/23/2015 Insatiable Kitty Limerickhumorous,
8/22/2015 Weeping Willow Personificationtree,truth,
8/20/2015 The Poet's Invitation Iambic Pentameterbeauty,poetess,
8/19/2015 A Melody Divine- HexSonnetta Sonnetart,poetry,words,
8/18/2015 The Undercurrent Rhymebullying,psychological,
8/18/2015 Under Your Wings Senryulove hurts,
8/18/2015 Hey, Lyric Man Lyricfriend,tribute,
8/16/2015 Her Hypocrisy Sonnettruth,woman,
8/16/2015 Press the Button Iambic Pentameterfreedom,humorous,
8/15/2015 More to Me Rhymehow i feel,identity,
8/15/2015 I Will not Break Rhymetruth,
8/14/2015 A Person's A Person- Dr Seuss Rhymebeauty,people,
8/14/2015 Lost and Found Quatrainanalogy,humorous,
8/13/2015 The Connoisseur Rhymebeauty,wine,woman,
8/13/2015 Just Like Butterflies Rhymeanalogy,butterfly,words,
8/13/2015 Poetry Soup Titbits Limerickcommunity,poets,
8/12/2015 Life is Fine Carpe Diembeautiful,life,
8/8/2015 Living in the Middle East Free verseviolence,
8/7/2015 A Different Kind of Kintsukuroi Free versehow i feel,light,love,
8/7/2015 No Apology Haikupain,
8/7/2015 Drifting Away Monorhymei miss you,sad,
8/6/2015 Empurpled Lune Versebeauty,image,
8/6/2015 You Still Write of Me Rhymemuse,truth,
8/5/2015 Bring it Down Dramatic monologuepride,vanity,
8/5/2015 The Twilight of Reality and Make Believe Free versefantasy,
8/5/2015 Serenity and Peace Sonnetintrospection,truth,
8/3/2015 In Opulence You Lie and Dream Epiclove,sensual,
8/2/2015 There's More to Life Quatrainlife,truth,
8/1/2015 When Velvet Turns to Stone Rhymeallegory,
7/30/2015 You Cry Alone Rhymedepression,
7/30/2015 Citadel of my Heart Sonnetallegory,
7/30/2015 Hold on to Me- Sensual Sonnetlove,passion,sensual,
7/29/2015 To Be In Love With You Sonnetblessing,love,
7/27/2015 On Viagra and Poop- Jan Allison Limerickfor her,friend,tribute,
7/27/2015 A Taste of my Varied Genres Epicpoetry,
7/26/2015 I Will Not Read Sonnetpoetry,
7/25/2015 Where do I Turn for Comfort Free versehate,pain,

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Fav Poems

FEELINGS Epigramimagination,introspection
The Mirror is a Liar Rhymededication,metaphor,
The Wedding Ring Quatrainangst,marriage,night,
The Perfect Womens Club Free versewomen,change,
IF I WERE ASKED Epigramgirlfriend,love,wife,
SNOWFLAKES Epigramangel,grief,love,
THE DREAM I LIVE Epigramdevotion,dream,love,dream
Cliches Debunked Quatrainhappiness,humorous,old,bi
Space Rhymedream,space,
Forever Demands Nonetlove,
Beyond Infinity Free verseintrospection,
Walk a Mile Free versephilosophy,
In Your Poems Free versededication,words,
Super Soupers Prosefantasy,writing,girl,me,p
Powerless Villanellelove,me,dream,dream,magic
Love Returned Senryulove,
The Real You Senryudevotion,
Fireflies Haibunlove,nature,me,light,ligh
Locked in a Jar Terzanellelove,heart,dark,dark,hear
What is this Space Quatrainblue,inspirational,
Paint Your Dreams On a Canvas Free verseart,beautiful,inspiration
Friend Free versefriendship,
Every now and then Lyriclove,miss you,
Hurricane Eileen - The Storm I do not know?dedication,
Five Stars Quatraindedication,poems,
Cinder Girl Rhyme 
HAIKU VERSUS RHYTHM AND RHYME Haikuon writing and words
The Force Blank versegrief,life,mystery,
That's Good Enough For Me Rhymefamily,marriage,
Articulation of Tears Free versehope,life,sad,
Fire Rises Rhymepassion,passion,
A Quivering Heart Rhymelove,life,
Hidden Key Free versecreation,dance,dream,
She Whispered Light Poetryinspirational,life,women,
Ghost Guitar Coupletlove,
Little Star Light Poetrylove,memory,
Bliss Free versedesire,life,longing,lust,
A Thousand Dark Secrets Dramatic Verseanger,angst,bereavement,p
Lifegivers Response Free versebible,celebration,drink,j
Red is the colour of passion Free verselove,lust,passion,
MIRAGE Free verselife,lost,love,
The Teacher Free verseteacher,
Marhaba Light Poetryheaven,history,mystery,
THE QUESTION MARK Light Poetrylife,success,
A PLACID LAKE Epigramintrospection,philosophy,
Delicate Versefire,love,memory,
I Touch Your Existence Light Poetrylove,
Initiative Free versefriendship,life,longing,l
Fool the world Light Poetryphilosophy,poetry,
King Sun and Goddess Sea Coupletsea,summer,
Figment Free versebeautiful,
Lost in the World of Lonely Lyriclost love,
Stardust Drench me Versehope,imagination,
Warrior Princess Terzanellefantasy,
Bengal Personificationnature,
Half Of A Heart Concretehealth,heart,
My Mind A Ship In Darkness Free verseadventure,
Flower Song Free versebeauty,love,romance,
Ugly Acrosticbeautiful,image,
BEAUTY ABIDES Blank versebeautiful,desire,dream,em
Betty Boop From Beirut Quatraindedication,love,
away Rictameterlife,
A Dream Weaved Free versebeautiful,celebration,for
My insolent heart ABCaddiction
Shabbat Shalom Free versebeautiful,devotion,love,r
Lately I've Been Feeling Like: Free verserelationship,
The Big Bang Free versebeautiful,creation,love,s
Opened Book Free versebooks,emotions,metaphor,
Rainbow Symphony Free versecolor,
I Want to Leave Light Poetryheart,lost,love,
James Bond the Poet Light Poetryhumorous,life,love,romanc
Dampened Sheets Free versebeauty,love,lust,sexy,
Paper Lion Quatrainfantasy,
AROUSE ME Imagismlove,lust,senses,
Eileen And I Quatrainlove,peace,
Jesus, Our Savior Shapereligion,life,
True Hearts Beating Terzanellededication,love,beautiful
In the Absence of Moonlight Quatrainlove,
Lace Acrosticsensual,
Woman Quatrainwoman,
Wild Rose Free verseallegory,
How I Miss You Free versepassion,romantic,
Kiss the Wind Light Poetrybeauty,cry,desire,love,
The Mourning After Narrativeloss,
Another Man's Clothes Free verseintrospection,
The Ghost of You, a love letter Free versebeautiful,loneliness,love
Stars and Shadows Kyrielledream,
Clerihew Soup Clerihewtribute,
warm solar love Free verselove,moon,romance,romanti
All I Want For Christmas Coupletchristmas,
rosebuds Free verseromance,rose,
Simple Words For Simple People Proseanalogy,beach,beautiful,b
That Exquisite Moment Narrativelove,romance,
Unlimited Narrativelove,
In Search Free versebeautiful,bible,god,
bewitched by beauty Free versedream,romance,romantic,
Dream of You Free versefor her,how i feel,i love
The Lives We Choose Free versefreedom,
To Be With You - Balladdesire,
A beautiful truth I do not know?poetry,

Fav Poets

Richard Lamoureux Canada Flag Canada Read
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Demetrios Trifiatis Greece Flag Greece Read
Donna Jones United States Flag United States Read
harry horsman United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Heather Ober Canada Flag Canada Read
Richard D Seal United States Flag United States Read
Painted Hunter United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Drake Eszes United States Flag United States Read
craig cornish United States Flag United States Read
kash poet India Flag India Read
Ken Carroll United States Flag United States Read
Jack Ellison Canada Flag Canada Read
arthur vaso Canada Flag Canada Read
liam mcdaid Ireland Flag Ireland Read
FJ Thomas United States Flag United States Read
Charmaine Chircop Malta Flag Malta Read
Tim Ryerson United States Flag United States Read
Paul Callus Malta Flag Malta Read
Mel Merrill United States Flag United States Read
Justin Bordner United States Flag United States Read
Tim Smith United States Flag United States Read
The LYRIC United States Flag United States Read
Maurice Yvonne Canada Flag Canada Read
David Meade United States Flag United States Read
Martin Lynch Ireland Flag Ireland Read
Emile Pinet Canada Flag Canada Read
Adam Hunter United States Flag United States Read
Silent One United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read