From Damascus to Istanbul: a child’s memories of a city . . .
-Yasmin: a female Arabic name “jasmine”
-Firas: a male Arabic name “perspicacity”
-Feirouz: a very famous Lebanese singer
-Adan: prayer call
-Habibi: “my darling” in Arabic
-Dabkah: a Middle Eastern dance
-Quassioun: a mountain in Damascus
IMEN BENYOUB ~ is a miltilingual, multi-talented writer, poet, and artist living in Guelma, Algeria. She is a regular contributor to Into the Bardo and to On the Plum Tree and Plum Tree Books Facebook page.
Victoria Ceretto-Slotto (liv2write2day)
That pain surrounds our birth, there’s no denying,
though worse, the fear that comes with thoughts of dying.
For life’s sojourn is pierced by sounds of crying,
as day-by-day we creep unto our dying.
Absorbed by fear of loss, we turn to buying
mere toys to mask remembrance of our dying.
And as our days grow long we know dark sighing
of friends and those we love. We watch their dying.
Perhaps, at length, we will eschew defying,
instead, embracing death: Victorious dying.
© poem, Victoria Ceretto-Slotto, 2011 All rights reserved
© photo, Dead Tree in Sepia from Grumpy-Puddin’s Photostream via Victoria, some rights reserved
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Victoria Ceretto-Slotto ~ A former nurse, Victoria is a novelist, poet, artist, and a docent at Nevada Museum of Art. Currently she is hard at work with final edits on her novel, Winter Is Past, recently accepted for publication. A second novel is in progress. Victoria finds inspiration in the mysteries of life, death, art and spirituality. She lives and writes in Reno, Nevada and Palm Desert, California with her photographer husband and two canine kids. Victoria shares some of her poetry on liv2write2day’s blog, where she also provides writing prompts and offers coaching with Monday Morning Writing Prompt and Wordsmith Wednesday.