wonderful writing day...
walked from home to the Mt. of Olives area (Gethsemene and the Church of All Nations). on the way, passed through area of Damascus Gate (see pics below).
spent some time writing in the shade of one of the trees in Gethsemene. word is that these olive trees ("gethsemene" means olive press in Hebrew) are so old they witnessed that night before Jesus' crucifixion that he spent praying as well as his arrest.
to the right of the garden is the Church of All Nations, a beautiful edifice. spent time writing and reading in there...like for instance love this quote from Jorie Graham's poem "Other": All those years, before I became lost, I lived a different life. / One where you can go back. I thought each new / now, new / note, plucked from the as-yet-unpronounced, covered up a footstep / of the retreating God.
on the way home, passed through Lion's Gate into the Old City. took the Via Dolorosa towards Jaffa Gate to get home.