Are We Square Now?

Today someone died in my family
Yesterday the death in your family
Are we square now?
The vigil in the remembrance
Of three beautiful bright lights
Reminds me how hatred swallowed them up
In this darkness
I see the shadows
Of men holding guns and revolvers
Moving around in our backyards
Who will attack next?
Innocent victims could be you or me
Before such a day dawns on us
My friend, let me hold you close
And assure you of my love

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Salma Arastu

Salma Arastu

My works are lyrical, spiritual, figurative, and calligraphic. My paintings reveal stories of unity in diversity, peace and joy, celebration of life, and women and dancing whirling dervishes. Whether in paintings or sculptures, the faceless figures in my work represent the universal oneness of all humanity. My calligraphic work attempts to celebrate the same message of universality spread through verses in Arabic calligraphy and in the poetry of Rumi. Read More

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