Monday, May 14, 2007

Poison wind

From the deserts of Egypt and Arabia, the poison wind -- riha al-summoom -- visits Syria every May, carrying sand so fine it can be perceived only by taste and by the film it leaves on our sweaty limbs.

Friday's cloudless, sepia-tone sky was either the poison wind, or the end of the world. We're all still here, most of us, and we've since showered and dusted off.