Life. Assyrian Poetry: Musings on God, love and loss. (Volume 1)
Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 at 07:05 PM CT
Life is a collection of poems, lyrics and hymns written by our mother, Beatrice Youil. Interwoven in her words is the story of a life. Its enduring hardships, uncertain future, an insoluble faith in God and love for the human spirit. Life can be read in Assyrian if opened from the back cover, or read in English from the front.
This book is a family effort. The illustrations are by Rita, an accomplished artist. They complement the mood and beauty of the words. The translation of the Assyrian text is by Rima who has also written a children's book, “Hector Fieldgritch”. I combined both the words and pictures into this book.
In moments of quiet contemplation, I hope this work will provide you with inner solace and strength in this constantly changing world.
— Rowland Youil
My name is Beatrice Youil and I was born in Urmia, Iran, in the village of Zatajohn, in the year of 1937. My father's name is Elisha Babila Tamras. My mother's name is Ashley, daughter of Priest Shoomun Bahrama. Ever since I was a child, I have enjoyed writing poems about my nation, my country and my faith. I have written these poems and songs in the hope that they will bring great joy and comfort to those who read them.