'Letter from Beirut' by Abbas El-Zein

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May 2003, no. 251

'Letter from Beirut' by Abbas El-Zein

by
May 2003, no. 251

It has been raining all week, persistent drizzle unlike the brief downpours that are more typical of Beirut. The city is slumbering. I am staying with my parents. My father goes out less often. My mother is snuggled under the blankets. She hopes the war won’t happen. The kettle is boiling like a purring cat. The house is quiet. Rain is the soporific of cities.

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