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The Voice of Her Mother- My Daughter's Gift

I've written the lyrics to two lullabies for my daughter, Shereen. I even made up the tunes, and I'd sing to her when she was a baby to put her to sleep. She still remembers those songs at 19 years of age. For my birthday last May, she wrote this poem as a gift....just like last year. The quoted parts are words taken from the lullabies. I adore my daughter, my greatest and most precious gift. “When she smiles, I feel like a bird in the sky.” The words softly sung to the weary child- This bundle of whimpers This armful of distress- Hoping they’d ease her restlessness Hoping they’d calm her disquieted heart… And they did. Like nothing else ever could. Nothing could comfort her Like the voice of her mother. “She is the apple of my eye.” Rocking gently in time with the tune, she swiftly fell Fell into a peaceful slumber Nuzzled in the warmth of her consoler Whimpers softened, distress vanished Quiet. Serene. Floating in the promise That those words would be there To welcome her in the morning. Nothing could comfort her Like the voice of her mother. “With laughter and joy she fills my heart” Nestled in that kind embrace The child, now almost grown With tear-stained face and heavy heart Couldn't fight the world alone But whenever she was breaking, too tired to go on She’d search for those same words- To ease her restlessness To calm her disquieted heart… She’d search for those same words To find them in those same arms. And she’d fall. Like she always did. Fall into that peaceful slumber Quiet. Serene. Floating in the promise That those words would be there To welcome her in the morning. Nothing could comfort her Like the voice of her mother. Written by Shereen Nathalie Ghali (May 18, 2014) Please read The Month of May...which is Shereen's first birthday poem written for me and posted here. You will find it if you type the title in PS's search engine. It is a beauty and is in rhyme.

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Date: 8/26/2015 7:30:00 PM
Wonderful write but she's had a great roll model Hugs Eve
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Date: 7/14/2014 4:06:00 PM
That my friend is a beautifully wonderful tribute to you from your daughter. At 18 after my divorce from her mother my daughter wrote me a long letter telling me how much my love , loyalty and comforting security had meant to her for her all of her life! I treasure it and have requested that letter be laid upon my breast and buried with me. Our children are everything. You too have an amazing daughter!!!
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/16/2014 3:02:00 AM
Thank you, Robert, for sharing a part of your life with me. Yes, our children are our greatest treasure...they are our continued entity that live on when we are laid to rest. I'm touched by your comment. Thank you for visiting.
Date: 7/14/2014 2:44:00 PM
Definitely beautiful Eileen..Just beautiful!!I will read the other one since I have some free time now ,dear.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/16/2014 3:02:00 AM
Thanks, my darling. How I love your visits and posts of encouragement. Hugs
Date: 7/14/2014 7:35:00 AM
This one is worth rereading and pondering. It is relationships like this that give true meaning to our lives.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/16/2014 3:03:00 AM
Thank you, Richard...for you to read and reread my work is indeed sweet solace. Thanks for passing by. Hugs
Date: 7/14/2014 2:03:00 AM
A most precious gift. You must be so proud! Well done Shereen. Like Mother, like Daughter
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/16/2014 3:04:00 AM
I will pass on your comment to her. She is considering writing more. I am behind her all the way. I believe she has talent. Thank you for seeing that, Mark, and for posting this kind comment.
Date: 7/13/2014 8:37:00 PM
Its extraordinarliy beautiful that these precious words, spirit from mouth to ear to heart, originally sung to soothe the child are now sung back by her to the lovely Mother who now receives them with equal joy and gratitude Eileen. Thats what I call love "coming full circle!" Shereen has special song, and the thoughts,"floating in the promise..." so moving...J.A.B.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/16/2014 3:05:00 AM
Love coming full circle is a source of joy, Justin. You are so right! Thank you for these words which are beautiful and comforting. I love having you visit me.
Date: 7/13/2014 2:51:00 PM
precious rock-a-bye reflecting sweet love between mother and daughter... awhh, i like , eileen.. shereen has talent... huggs
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/16/2014 3:06:00 AM
Thank you, Nette. I do believe that girl has talent and can stretch her wings and fly. Thank you for seeing that in her. Hugs
Date: 7/13/2014 1:52:00 PM
Very touching and lovely sentimental Eileen!
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Date: 7/13/2014 11:18:00 AM
Beautiful. There is nothing more special than a mother and daughter love. Very sweet Eileen :) xox
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/16/2014 3:07:00 AM
I know that you are blessed with your own daughter, Cas. You know where I'm coming from. Thanks for posting. I appreciate it.
Date: 7/13/2014 8:19:00 AM
What a treasure, you must be so proud. She is very talented as well.
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Date: 7/13/2014 10:02:00 AM
I'm am..... thank you, Richard. You haven't posted after the Terzanelle.....waiting. Will respond to Soupie when home....at in-law's now. hugs
Date: 7/13/2014 7:47:00 AM
Isn't this beautiful! Well done Shereen; looking forward to the next poem...a collaboration between mother and daughter:) I am sure you two make the most awesome pair! // paul
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2014 7:56:00 AM
We sing together...We've always enjoyed that. She is a spiritual being...and often will encourage me when I'm down and at the point of giving up. I raised her well...and now...when I lose my way...she is there to help me. She is no longer a child, but a woman. A collab would be amazing. Let me consider it! Hugs
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2014 7:55:00 AM
My daughter has my heart and her father's complexion and height. :) I consider her extremely beautiful...and she has a caring and beautiful heart. She is the best thing that has come out of my marriage. She adores her father...and at times, silly goose that I am, I get jealous. I carried her. I birthed her in pain. I spent sleepless nights. I would give my life for her, but then again...so would he! She is the glue. She is my life.
Date: 7/13/2014 6:46:00 AM
Perfect.....You have to be one proud Mother. You daughter is quite gifted. I can see it was passed down from you...Enjoy Tim
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2014 7:43:00 AM
Thanks for your lovely post, my dear. My daughter is very talented. You read her first poem, The Month of May...she wrote that last year, and it was in Rhyme. She has a lovely singing voice and we sing duets together. I adore her.
Date: 7/13/2014 6:29:00 AM
- I get tears in my eyes .............. so beautiful, sweet and touching! - You can really be proud of her !!! - Thank you for sharing this with me (us), dear Eileen!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 7/13/2014 7:42:00 AM
Thanks, Sunshine! Yes...she is the pride of my life, and the light of my eyes. She has a lovely voice and often, we sing hymns together...She sings the soprano part, and I the alto. She has three songs on Youtube. I loved singing lullabies to her when she was a child...Now..on some special moment, I get to give her a hug and sing to her again. We are very close.