Travelers Welcome

Travelers Welcome

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bedouins in Sunglasses

KJ Hannah Greenberg

Bedouins in Sunglasses,
Shaded against small
Tourists’ dollars, euros, yen,

Their kin tucked away
In drab tents, where dresses
Of chartreuse,
Trousers with bells
All jingle when
Family goats imbibe near
Sewage lines.

Strong coffee fails
To connect cousins.
Arabs draped in head scarves,
Abayahs, toe rings,
Are “Palestinians,” “Druze,” “Others.”
They’re relatives through prayer,
Not shops.

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