Just Because

Just because I was born in Iran,
I am not a belly dancer
I am not a fortune teller
I am not a camel rider
I am a poet.
Just because I am a woman,
I don't like diamonds
I don't love to shop
I don't worship credit cards
I love to play with clay.
Just because I am a Jew,
I don't make a fortune
I don't hate Arabs
I don't believe in "an eye for an eye"
I remember and give refuge.
Just because I am a mother,
I am not regretful
I am not a martyr
I am not a fixer
I am a free spirit.

Esther Kamkar
Palo Alto,
California, USA


Last modified: 2016-08-22 02:11:22-07