Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

A Guided Tour of Jerusalem

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

A Guided Tour of Jerusalem

Article excerpt

Everything he said enraged me.

It was as if he were dripping

poison into my ears, even though

most of it sounded perfectly

innocuous, even good-willed.

Like that little remark

about the purity of its air.

"No polluting industries for the holy city"

he said, and we all knew

that it was our own air that was being polluted

to keep Jerusalem clean.

Every place he took us enraged me,

even though I do not hate this city,

and the food we ate, both at

the kosher restaurant

and the gate, was

blessed.

The tunnel that took us

under Bethlehem

under Ramallah

showed we had made

two levels

to suit our vision.

The dress of the women, Muslim and Jew

was more similar to each other than to me.

And the babies in their arms

clinging to their long dresses,

had the same eyes, so different

from the eyes of those

I myself have raised.

Then I went back to the perspective of Tel Aviv

and saw that I myself

am making this distinction

moving even the mothers of Jerusalem

from my heart because they live

in that city that has caused such pain. …

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