H e a t
pierces to the core, sweat drips from my
forehead and legs and neck and I think it’s coming
out of each and every one of my pores.
In this unbearable heat,
But along with the spirals of sweat
comes the stress and pain of years passed.
Israel brings about
Not just mirages in a hazy desert,
but realizations of who I am as a person
and what I want in my future.
Being surrounded by endless seas,
vast deserts and seemingly giant mountains
could make one feel small and insignificant.
But although I’m 5’1”
and although the heat never strays
and although all of the land features are larger than life,
I feel at home.
Israel has scooped me up,
wrapped me in blankets safe
and warm (almost too warm).
I’m surrounded by interesting people
and such vibrant life.
With this all, I’ve found so much inside myself
and in the beautiful people around me. I am home.
by Elana Lipkin
Participant, Group 9