Old city of Damascus

painting by Hisham Khayyat, 1992

I am from the old city of Damascus 

dusty, ancient, vibrant, 

Christian, Jewish, Muslim 

narrow alleys winding, twisting, intersecting

shaded oasis within 

filled with the smell of jasmine

dinners on the roof – allah u akbar

What dust do you have on your feet? What cultures have added color and flavor to your life?

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