Three Poems from Jerusalem, 2014


Polytheism was Monotheism

Monotheism is Polytheism

There is no anti-Semitism

In polytheistic communities,

Says a foremost scholar

Of the Jewish holocaust,

“There are Jews in India,

but no anti-Semitism.”

Monotheism meant

There was one god

Shared by all,

but now it means

There is one god

That must be

Shared by all,

Or else.

July 31st, 2014

What Does it Mean to Love Your Country?

It’s easy to wave the flag and yell,

But critical support is risky and

Must come from a deep place of


July 25th 2014

Bondage (Overheard at the Wailing Wall)

-Is it your first time?

-It’s my first time… can you help me?

And he wrapped the leather tightly into the other boy’s skin.

July 12-Aug 1, 2014