رسالة من صديق عن «الدالية»

Dear Friends

I read the news about Delieh yesterday
I was devastated
it is hard not be in Beirut now, but I am coming in November

I hope it is not too late
I don’t live in Delieh, I don’t have any business there
though it is home

I’ve been sitting there for more than 10 years, I go almost 2 times a week
and I am there even when I am not there

It is the only place that I was proud to show to someone important
where I take my little nephew since he was able to walk
where I take J. to celebrate something she accomplished
where I spent days and nights with my friend
It is there where I went looking for him whenever he went missing, and there I found him

It was the only place that was left for us
to be there without having to pay, nor the order to consume, the legislation of tourism, the stupid fragments of the fancy life, the private spaces, the rules, the stupid concepts for stupid decors of ingenious architects

All this was pushing us away
we had the feeling as if we were being pushed to the border of the city, everyday a bit further, until we had only that place left at the end

But we were proud there, like all the others who were there, everyone feels that he is a conqueror there, we felt that we were ruling the city
watching it from afar, we didn’t care about loosing our places in that city because we had this land. With no rules, no costumes, no manners, no styles, no taxes

We knew that the kiosks were illegal, we were glad to buy from them

Now I get the feeling that we are being pushed further more to the edge, to slip* into the sea, to get drowned, or to leave

I am sorry about this flood

I was sure you were about to act
then J. forwarded me your letter about the statement
Can you keep me posted about what is going to happen

Tahiyati

slip: no one will be condemned for this fact; it will not be considered a crime but an accident

G.

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