The soul of a country had been lost, stolen, and stripped away. Its pride had been shattered, the youth were lost, the intellectuals were leaving, and the workforce was looking somewhere else for its future. The elderly people were in denial, remembering only the good old Lebanon they had spent their life building and cherishing and refusing to believe the devastating changes and the destruction that they were seeing.
The red rooftops wave at me. The pine trees smile. The air caresses my face. It has been a long time Since I watered the roses In my mother's garden. The mountains across the valley Remind me of the old people Who believe that no one Can take away what is theirs
Why do I write? I write because I feel a need to express my deepest feelings. I feel safe to show my vulnerability on paper, and it gives me comfort. I have not shared these poems except with two or three people. I was not sure if I wanted to publish them until recently when I had been reading The Right to Write by Julia Cameron, and I was convinced that I needed to share my voice. Dr. Assaad Mounzer is a board-certified urologist who immigrated to the United States in 1983 to pursue his dream to become board-certified and an American citizen. He is married to his lovely wife Carla, and they have three great children, Cyma, Christina, and Christopher. After he started his practice, he decided to pursue a master's degree in spiritual psychology with emphasis on consciousness, health, and healing. He also completed training as a life coach and works with physicians who are experiencing burnout. He facilitates Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction workshops and is in the process of writing his book From Burnout to Engagement. He and his family live in Bluefield, Virginia.