Poems on Politics

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 listen and I love.




Esther Kamkar, Palo Alto, California artist and poet. Poems, poetry, writing, published works - footer logo

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