Lebanon, Lebanon, why do the nations war over you

Why do they conspire to divide you in two

A land boarded by the Mediterranean Sea

With mountainous terrain & glorious cedar trees


Lebanon the motherland of your beloved people

From the valleys, the hills, the church steeples

My tears for you well in my eyes

As I pray for your freedom, my heart cries


You were the banking capital of the Asian West

They titled you ‘the Switzerland of the East’ at best

The tourist came to wine and dine in Beirut

You were the ‘Paris of the East‘, an unquestionable suit


Many are the people who’ve taken refuge in your walls

Beaches from coast to coast hold golden sandy shores

Your mountains are dressed in pure white

Your springs of water freshly delight


My heart longs to smell your fragrant air

My eyes hunger to view your majestic flair

My thoughts are taken to your historic age

Where once Phoenicians occupied and engaged


Lebanon will you be your people’s own

Will the milk that descend from your name moan

The ‘Heart of God’ you are known to be

His own words created your beautiful topography


Lebanon for Freedom and Peace we’ll rise for you

Your people’s heart will unite to construe

To return harmony, majesty, freedom and grandeur

And stand upon your soil with tears forever pure


Salwa Samra © 2009

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About salwasamra

Salwa is the owner and creator of Poet's Room. Salwa has a passion to have Poetry rise from the ashes of days gone by to modern day reading material. Poet’s Room will offer the reader the opportunity to sit within its room, enjoy of its surroundings through words that will touch any reader. Pick and choose from Salwa's varied assortments. Poet’s Room is welcoming, intriguing, and inspiring. Take a tour, relax, contemplate and enjoy the variety of Poetry. www.salwasamra.com Salwa has authored two books, a Non Fiction book - "Web of Losing Me," and "Poet's Room - Volume I." As a writer of Non-Fiction, Poetry, Creative Writings and Fiction, Salwa extends herself in many writing projects. Salwa has contributed a short story - Dreams Didgeridoo - to an Australian Anthology. Salwa is currently working on her third book - Colour Me In - a fiction story of a young lady and her forceful culture. Salwa's Lebanese culture is deep-seated in poetry and philosophy, her writings are influenced by her historic culture. Throughout Salwa's growing years her father habitually recited Arabic Poetry. Though Salwa couldn't understand most of the poetic words because they were in classic Arabic it truly did have an impact on her and her writings. The richness of the words, the depths of affluence on Salwa's cultural history, traditions, and customs, has truly reigned in Salwa to follow through in her poetic writings. Salwa commit's herself to continue in this depth from her culture, and its richness of philosophy and poetry. Her desire is to encourage the reader to think beyond what is written, to contemplate life's experiences, to long to be intrigued, and inspired, thus, Salwa finds herself writing about topics that reflect nature, emotions, sentiment, and experiences of the human body, mind, and spirit, consequently, reaching further into the culture that built in Salwa the love for poetry, the passion for writing. Salwa's Christian faith is another integral facet of her writings, being the cornerstone of her inspirations. Her study in Theology and Creation has influenced Salwa to share with her readers the beauty, diversity and challenges the world has to offer.
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