Driving to Monterey
where fog caresses telephone poles,
and cypress trees bend to the waves,
where Pampas grass etches
an arc above a pod of surfers,
all their wet suits glistening black,
as your music slices a hole
through the roof of my car
without acetylene torch.
Look Ma, no hands,
a dance of sandstorms fills my head
and runs out my ears.
Sitting aloft the camel of your oud
there's a country vast before me,
unlike the U.S.
where my parents emigrated
as yours did from Iraq to Israel.
My soul drinks deep from desert wells
as light parses sky
into successive openings,
just watch as layers fall apart,
a veil shakes loose from the Shekinah
who appears like a Bedouin on the horizon,
luminous in her presence.
I want to believe there can be peace.
I want to believe that a face viewed
through the cross hairs
of a weapon
is another human being
and two ears
Lenore Weiss is a poet from Oakland, California. Her latest collection, "Sh'ma Yis'rael," was recently published by Pudding House Publications. Both Lenny Bruce and a purple vibrator make appearances.