Looking back as life moves forward

By Geri L. Dreiling

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“I am a garden adorned by beauty:¬†
my being will know whether you look at my beauty.”

Poem in the Hall of the Two Sisters at the Alhambra 

The idea that popped into my head was, admittedly, a strange one. The day after I visited the Alhambra and the Generalife in July, it suddenly occurred to me that if I could choose a place to haunt in the afterlife, it would be the gardens of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

I imagined my ghostly self roaming the gardens of this historic site at sunrise and sunset; strolling alongside the man-made irrigation canals that the Moorish rulers devised — and that are still used — to sustain life. Perhaps at one of the pools or fountains, or even in the Court of the Water Channel, I might come across an emir, artist, poet or gardener who had originally created or delighted in these spaces and could not resist the pull of the peacefulness and beauty.

In reality, it is a Monday in August. Back-to-school preparations, with all of the anxiety and excitement that they bring, are in full swing. Life, like the water that rushes through the Alhambra and Generalife, flows forward. And yet, I can’t resist taking a few moments to look back with gratitude at some scenes from an extraordinary summer.


Court of the Water Channels

Court of the Water Channels

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