The Jerusalem of My Youth


intoxicating hot fragrance of wild dill

emitting from these surrounding holy hills

permeating the mystical air itself

that haunting sense that something big will occur soon

between the Kastel and Motza

mountain bend and first glimpse of the city

small town feel of open fields

between Rechavia and Beit HaKerem big-sky country

skipping over boulders and hiking trails inner-city

where happen upon Naomi Shemer and Leon Uris

before the foundation of whole neighborhoods

and highways and tunnels and big

King David and the Rashash must have stepped right here

our Sages and Kings wouldn’t recognize today’s metropolis

traffic jams and light-rail tracks

Baruch Hashem

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