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Who Am I?

Who am I?

Who am I?

Gaugin's

Or: To Ethiopians I'm Faranji

To Ethiopians – I am Faranji,

To Sephardi – Ashkenazi,

To Japanese – Gaijin,

To Mexicans – Gringa.

 

To the Palestinians – I am an invader…

 

To gays – I’m straight,

To straights – complex.

 

To non-Jews, I’m Jewish

To Anti-Semites – a demon,

To the Orthodox – I’m Lilith

Or  a “captive baby”*.

 

To the secular Israeli – I’m a bit eccentric,

but basically part and parcel…

 

To the Muslims – I’m kafir,

To the Christians – salvation material,

 

For the Hindus – a soul on the wheel of Samsara.

 

To men, I’m  woman

To the young, I’m old

To the old,  young,

To the left-wing, I am right-wing,

To the right-wing,  I am left-wing.

 

For  my kids, I’m their mom.

 

For my husbands – their ex,

To my schoolteachers – maybe a vague memory,

To employers – a possible headache,

To students – their teacher.

 

To the driver – a passenger,

To the corporate – a consumer,

To the politician – a voter,

To the bureaucrat – a number.

 

For my friends – their friend.

 

To a shark – I’m prey,

To a microbe – substratum,

To the planet – a polluter,

To a fly – a landing pad.

 

For my sister – her little sis.

 

To the Goddess – a daughter… 

 

Made of breathing, metabolizing cells,

                                                                     Evolved in ancient seas –

                                                                                           Water, star dust,

And a dash of sunlight

 

Forever in search of love and connection,

 

To myself I am a cosmic enigma

 

A ripple in the sea of

                                                                      Consciousness…

 

Jerusalem, July 28th, 2019

 *https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/תינוק_שנשבה

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