A home at the dusk of life

April 19, 2019

A home at the dusk of life, patinaed by the brush of time. It now lives day by day, uncertain whether tomorrow will usher the end. Standing there quietly, almost apologetically, it remembers a time not too long ago when life pervaded its every nook and cranny. It so yearns for the pots of color-bursting blooms that perpetually dangled from its balcony, the elegant women with stylish updos and timeless mid-century clothes meeting up for a sobhiyyeh in its bright meticulously furnished living room, the men with starched shirts and tailored suits playing cards or backgammon at the sound of classical songs, the trays of fresh jellab with pine nuts in dainty glasses, the ashta-filled sweets laced with drops of a honeyed flower water syrup and orange petal jam, the rounds and rounds of coffee pots that made their merry way, infusing the soft air with aromatic magic. It sees them all again as if they were right there: The twinkly eyes, the carefree looks, the confident demeanors, the light steps. Life at its fullest, a time with different standards and a different pace.


It is dusk now for this once cheerful abode, and tomorrow, sadly, heralds no dawn. 
Only wrinkled words and faded images will remain...
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