IF ONLY YOU KNOW ??

IF ONLY YOU KNOW 27

If you only know

Who am I?

The way you perceive

You might see me, and think

That I have an accent

Yes I do

I am contemptuous

If you only know

Standing right next to you

From another world

Third one to you

Euro-Afro-Arab to me

Where the music is form

Oud, Darbuka or Qhanun

Other times Italian serenades

From San Remo Festival

And the spices are

Cinnamon, Cumin and Anise

Incense and Myrrh

Coffee is spiced with zhar

and tea with Mint leaves

Suddenly we traverse

Between worlds

Of old and new

distant and yet close

intricate mixture of languages

For us, Jews

Arab/Hebrew/Spanish

With Italian interjection

A diverse society

Where east meet west

Between the 20 & 33 degree

North parallel of latitude

Traverse the 20 & 25 degree

East longitude