A friend of mine posted this video over a week ago. I keep coming back and watching it over and over again.
For one thing, I fell in love with Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry in my Modern Arabic Literature class I took… two years ago (has it really been that long?). For another thing, I’ve wanted to visit Damascus for years. I began studying Arabic in the summer of 2011, right around the time the protests against the Assad government began turning into the terrible civil war that continues today. So unfortunately the gates of Damascus have been closed to me for now. I hope some day though peace will return to Syria and I will have a chance to visit this ancient city. بإذن الله