Seasons in the Sun :)

From whence I came, I shall return

In distant memories, I hope to burn 

For what better way to leave a legacy

What more proof of one’s own efficacy

Than to live forever remembered

By those you love, to whom you surrendered

A life worth living is full of trust

Emotions that rage and embrace are a must

Good friends, hard times, those ups and downs

People of all colors, shapes and frowns

Those that challenge, those that bring joy

And those that disparage, those that annoy

For on this bumpy track we call life

How boring if we lived without strife

In order to truly savor the sweet

We must with distaste occasionally meet

Those bitter spices that help us discover

The true strengths and weaknesses of each other

One day I lean on you, a little too much

The next I am there for you, for friendship is such

So take comfort and know this comes from the heart

Over seasons and lifetimes true friends do not part.

(c) Rula Zein-Iddin ~ All rights reserved.

Magnificently proud and defiant

He thunders along, never compliant

Snorting breath and nose a flare

With beauty and grace, his eyes do glare

His mane it streams in the air

With such elegance and incredible flair

He owns this land, this earth is his

This is his world, this is his bliss

For when you witness such poetry in motion

You are forever changed, overcome with emotion

Can man ever feel such proud independence?

Will he ever know such profound acceptance?

The taste of Freedom we all seek

The burden of obligations making us meek

It is time to break all these barriers down

And emerge to bravely face what we have sown

A new world order for those who care

To honour those few that truly dare

To raise their heads above the crowd

And declare equality & freedom aloud

A right for one and all to be shared

A day when humanity finally cared

(c) Rula Zein-Iddin ~ All rights reserved.

An incongruous  mix of old and new

Streets with names of folks we knew

A villa here,  a tower there

Civic planning of which I despair

Our traffic rules are clear for all

Those that follow them so rare; if at all

Within this seemingly chaotic city

Are those that struggle and fill you with pity

The dustmen who clean our streets every day

The begging children who do not play

A growing abyss between rich and poor

The daily struggle to lead a life that is secure

A city full of contradicting trends

Be they conservative or fashion that offends

And yet in harmony we all do live

Our heart and souls to this land we give

For where else can you find such peace of mind

The love of a home-land so hard to define

A trip downtown holds a magic air

A simplicity rarely found elsewhere

I love the hustle and bustle of the market place

I long to capture each and every face

For each one has a story to tell

Of how their fortunes rose and fell

The colours, sights and smells delight

Though crossing traffic fills most with fright

To understand where we are and how far we can reach

We need to see where we came from and thus I beseech

For us to maintain our heritage in this city of old

A valued treasure worth far more than gold.