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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Storm

Another dry gust blew with profane anger. From behind the windowpane I saw plastic bags and scraps flailing the streets. The godless oppressive wind, flapping from the southeast then from the northeast, and infused with the sickly breaths of teetotaler pawnbroker merchants, and skunky with the sweat of racketeering hajjes, harassed the green trees in the coulee. They writhed, close to despair, then bent down only to protect their naked saplings.



The cold lashed and puffed with arid impotence. The chair upon which I sat, the bookcase and the nightstand by my side moaned with pain, their old walnut bodies crying for moisture. The shutters outside shivered in the grip of the grim reaper, almost giving up their hinges, when the inevitable sea-wind of fall came at last. It started to rain, slowly at first then with an orgasmic rhythm.

A big storm is on its way. I'm longing to walk in the rain, to wash away the grime that soiled the mind and the smut that tainted the soul. I don't wanna cover my head anymore nor pull up my collar around the neck. I just wanna walk and get wet. I wanna come clean.

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21 comments:

Gabriela said...

And I really, really hope you and all those you care for may come clean and renewed.

annie said...

Hi Tartousi ! So good to read your good writing again.
Tartous is less in the news than other towns. Be safe !

Isobel said...

Change and renewal is a beautiful thing. So is this post. All the best Abufares and, for after the storm, na'eeman. :)

abufares said...

@Gabriela
Thank you Gaby for your wishes. Your support means the world to me.

abufares said...

@annie
No news is supposedly "good news" but even that is very subjective :-)
Thank you for dropping by.

abufares said...

@Isobel
Alla Yen'am Alayki, lolll.
WOW! Your Arabic is improving. Are you studying behind my back?
Thank you my very dear friend for always being here.

Hebe said...

Wish for that rain to the magic for you and all Syrians! The eyes of the world are watching and many have all of you in heart, and I think, even if just for a little, this might help...

Cariños siempre,
Hebé

Highlander said...

What a beautiful allegory Abufares, simply seminal!

abufares said...

@Hebe
Thank you for directing your eyes and most importantly your heart toward us.
We are hoping for the best and the best shall be our future.

abufares said...

@Highlander
Thank you and I'm so happy you're out of the tunnel although I know you still have a lot ahead to conquer and prevail.
I salute you respectfully.

Mariyah said...

How do you do it? I feel the rain droplets on my skin already. Beautiful. Brilliant. Abufares.

abufares said...

@Mariyah
How do I do it?
That's a secret I can't divulge but you of all people know the answer. I'm glad you've been touched by the lucky rain. I can feel how suffocating it must be when you're surrounded by "the sickly breaths of teetotaler pawnbroker merchants" in your beloved city of Jasmine. They, before anybody else, should be a part of our past.
I can't wait to be back in Damascus as soon as she comes back to us.

Omar said...

The power of nature is always underestimated by some. They feel as if they can overcome a storm, weather it, and then clean up after it and go back to business as usual.

But no matter how big a fortress is, there's always a storm big enough to bring it down.

abufares said...

@Omar
What can I say?
You're absolutely right. Idiots never learn from neither meteorology nor history.

David Santos said...

Abufares, my friend, your work is excellent.
I ask for so that you and the peoples of the World live in Peace

David Saints - Portugal

abufares said...

@David
Thank you my friend. I enjoy your presence here more than you think possible :-)

Karin said...

Beautiful, so beautiful! After the most vicious storm there is always calm ...
Stay safe my friend, always ... you all are always in my mind and in my heart!

abufares said...

@Karin
Thank you dear friend for always being there for me :-)
I'll be alright.

Shannon said...

Abufares, I haven't been able to visit your blog, or many blogs, on a regular basis in a while, but I've been thinking of you recently when I hear the brief (unfortunately) news reports coming from Syria. I hope life allows me to visit your blog more frequently. I miss how you find just the right words...

abufares said...

@Shannon
It's been a long while but you know how welcome your visits are.
I thought about you as I walked in the August heat of Las Vegas. I wish I had a way to contact you. We could've had a lemonade at least :-)

Shannon said...

Ah, I'm sorry we missed each other too. I want to return to the blogosphere now that life is settling a bit with a new baby and my masters degree almost finished. I'll take a rain-check on that lemonade.