Masoud Will Be Missed

This evening I attended the funeral of Masoud Awartani, owner of Zaytoon restaurant, peacemaker in Greensboro, friend to so many. I’ve never written a goodbye to a friend in this way before, and it is hard to express the sadness we feel. So I will share a poem from my favorite poet, Jelaluddin Rumi:

Today, like every day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

Thank you for being part of our lives Masoud, and making it better by being in it.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Mouath N. Awartani on July 23, 2010 at 10:57 am


    All the Awartani family would like to thank you for your words and for the poem,

    Thank you, and God bless you.

    Mouath Awartani


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