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To the Fallen of Covid 19

To all the fallen of Covid 19 Whose death was unrecorded and unseen To those who languished in intensive care Where fear had flayed their hearts and laid souls bare To mothers shedding tears from dawn till night While clutching keepsakes of their children tight To fathers who must raise the kids alone Who stoic in their grief, suppress each groan To nurses, doctors, first responders, all Who risked their lives in answering the call to face the mayhem, doing what it takes While virus every day drove up the stakes To those deprived of saying their goodbyes Who could not wipe the tears from closing eyes To those who stood alone beside a grave Who mourned the youth that doctors could not save To you now quarantined inside your house Who care for stricken child or unwell spouse To you whose nightmares will not let you sleep Who ask of God your loved ones' souls to keep What comfort can I give you who remain? When in the news there's talk of a new strain Just this that Covid 19 will not win To let it crush our souls will count as sin One day we're sure to leave the "hiding place" And not to face our deaths, but breathe in grace Though normalcy may not be like before I know that there are blessings still in store Our faith and dreams remain pandemic free... Those Covid cannot steal from you or me Humanity has learned what things are dear We' ll find new ways to keep our loved ones near Eileen Manassian

Copyright © | Year Posted 2020




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Date: 6/7/2020 1:46:00 PM
Such a lovely piece penned so touchingly Eileen, a marvellous tribute to all who have fallen in these dark days as well as to those trying to do all they can to help those struggling too. Hope you're ok and keep safe, Blessings always,Gordon
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Date: 6/2/2020 6:34:00 PM
The tragedy of this pandemic is enormous. Wonderful tribute to those who have suffered most. Have a great day my friend.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/5/2020 5:11:00 AM
Thanks for the comment, David. Some coutries are still in the throes of this virus. Today 50 cases were recorded in Lebanon. This is now when they are starting to lift some of the restrictions. Sad times...
Date: 6/2/2020 1:05:00 PM
Truth, depth, beauty, power, wisdom and great insight in this wonderful piece. Closing stanza dead on the mark too.. A fav, a gleaming gem. God bless...
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Date: 6/1/2020 11:15:00 AM
Thanks for your visit Eileen. Hugs Rick.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/5/2020 5:11:00 AM
Always a pleasure to read your work, Richard. :)
Date: 5/28/2020 1:43:00 PM
This is one of the best Coronavirus poems which I have come across up till now, Eileen. These are hard times for many, but as you write, it is heartening to "know that there are blessings still in store". Hugs // paul
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/5/2020 5:12:00 AM
Thanks, dear. Yes, this virus has played havoc with people's physical AND mental health. May better days be in store for us all. Blessings and love.
Date: 5/19/2020 10:10:00 AM
Eileen, you have written so compassionately of the various levels of suffering and sacrifice throughout this pandemic. Thank you for the hope-filled ending of the reminder that it will all be over eventually and that good will come of it. Blessings ~ John
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/5/2020 5:14:00 AM
At lease the level of pollution has gone down. People are realizing what really matters in life and who should be seen as heros. Those are some positives. Thank you for your visit and kind remark. Blessings
Date: 5/19/2020 8:14:00 AM
God’s blessings to you too Eileen. ;0)
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 6/5/2020 5:07:00 AM
Thanks, Rick. It's been a hectic week. I finally have some time to catch up. Hugs
Date: 5/19/2020 2:19:00 AM
A fine tribute written with great feeling and empathy for those who suffer the most. Thanks so much for sharing. God Bless and stay well, May you have a Happy Birthday despite the trying times. JB
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 5/19/2020 3:16:00 AM
Thank you for your kind visit, Judy. This pandemic was really messed with my mind. I feel for those whose bodies it has ravaged. I think it will be with us for some time to come, unfortunately. Blessings to you.
Date: 5/18/2020 10:52:00 AM
Just popping back to say Happy Birthday Eileen. Tom
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 5/19/2020 3:17:00 AM
Ah! The mystery is solved! ;)
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Date: 5/18/2020 6:17:00 PM
Let's say a little bird told me lol
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 5/18/2020 5:34:00 PM
Oh! How did you know? Thanks for your bday wishes, Tom. Much appreciated. :) Blessings...
Date: 5/18/2020 10:39:00 AM
Happy Birthday Eileen! I hope you have an amazing day filled with love and good cheer. Blessings for the coming year. Super big hug Rick.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 5/18/2020 5:35:00 PM
Thanks, Richard. The years are rolling by. I'm grateful that I still have life and health. These are difficult times. I appreciate your visit and kind words, dear. God bless.
Date: 5/18/2020 9:58:00 AM
Eileen, beautifully penned, thank you for writing this poem, that in every country in this world holds the same, sad truth _Constance
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 5/18/2020 5:37:00 PM
Thanks for passing by, dear. Yes...this pandemic has taken its toll all across the globe. Those who are physcially sick have suffered and the rest of us suffer mentally because of it. Please stay safe and well...
Date: 5/17/2020 9:00:00 PM
You wrote very skillfully on the topic. Did you read Michael tor's Poem of the Day. I truly believe this is what it's all about. Such cruelty and evil in our world.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 5/18/2020 5:38:00 PM
Thanks for the visit, dear. No, I haven't read it. I will get to it when I have time. Thanks for letting me know about it. Blessings.
Date: 5/16/2020 4:27:00 PM
Thank you, Eileen for sharing this beautiful, touching tribute to everyone suffering during this pandemic. Your hopeful words are encouraging. I also loved the video you shared of the children reading your lovely poem. It gave me a teary-eyed smile, the best kind. Stay well, dear...xx Rhonda
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 5/18/2020 5:39:00 PM
It's been a while since I've seen you, Rhonda. Hope all is well, dear. Yes, the kids did a great job on that. It was moving. I hope that you are keeping well. I will be by to visit soon. Blessings...
Date: 5/15/2020 8:49:00 AM
This is a moving missive, artfully expressed. Sad yet uplifting at the same time. Blessings to all and hugs to you Eileen.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 5/16/2020 10:26:00 AM
Let's cling to the uplifting for now, Richard. This pandemic has really affected my mental health. I don't know if you know of Max Lucado. He's an amazing author and I have many of his books. I follow him on instagram. He's a pastor and honestly, his daily talks have really been a balm to me. Sending hugs.
Date: 5/15/2020 1:02:00 AM
The most powerful and appaling poem I've ever read on the subject, to endure for sure in English poetry as Nashe's Litany on the plague of his days.
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 5/16/2020 10:27:00 AM
Thank you for your visit. I hope that it has been uplifting for you. Blessings.
Date: 5/14/2020 9:41:00 PM
Powerful piece, EM. POTD for sure, but more important, a poem as anthem for all impacted by Covid19 (aka Sin's Result). :/
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 5/16/2020 10:28:00 AM
Thanks, Wayne. The world is really going through a trying time. Let's keep our faith strong. Blessings.
Date: 5/14/2020 6:50:00 PM
a beautiful, touching and uplifting poem, eileen! you've said it all so well. it's heartbreaking to think of all those who had to die alone. i hope your optimism about the future proves to be true - right now, it's hard to imagine...
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 5/16/2020 10:29:00 AM
I know, Ilene. It's hard to keep being optimistic when you listen to the reports on the news. I feel for those who weren't able to say their goodbyes. Truely heartbreaking. Hope all is well with you. Sending love...
Date: 5/14/2020 5:30:00 PM
a nice poem to those in need. What astounds me is in my country there are those who are suffering and those who think its all a lot of nothing. It's as if I am living in two separate realities
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 5/16/2020 10:30:00 AM
It's beyond me how some keep saying that it is blow out of proportion. How can it be? Anyway, those who are flouting the directives will endanger others as well as themselves and then they will need help. Thanks for stopping by. I've missed your visits.
Date: 5/14/2020 4:29:00 PM
A lovely tribute, it's so tragic , many governments especially in the U. K. Could have prepared sooner but they didn't, there will be a reckoning when this passes. And those poor souls who died with only nurses with them at the end because it was so contagious. A second wave would be devastating for us all, well written Eileen. Stay safe Tom
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 5/16/2020 10:37:00 AM
Yes...I believe a second wave will be more devastating than the first. These are trying times, indeed. Not being able to be with family is hard, but not being able to say goodbye is unimaginable. Thanks for the visit. Blessings.