I met my husband while serving in the Peace Corps. This poem is a celebration of the blending of our cultures and the wonderful diversity it brought to our lives.
America’s melting pot implies mélange.
Spice rack conjures up complexity:
The tongue distinguishing textures
And tastes – sweet, savory,
We were raised differently--
You: Moroccan, Arabic-speaking, Moslem;
Me: American, English-speaking, Catholic,
But food and French bring us together
At the marche in Fez.
From the past, a memory surfaces…
Painted on a campus construction site:
“We’re the class of ’69—our desire’s to intertwine!”
Amidst the Badgers and Cheeseheads,
No matches for me.
My path leads elsewhere,
From Madison to Taza to wind-swept Essaouira.
Then, across the Straits of Gibraltar
To be joined by a British magistrate
Like John and Yoko.
So, what spices and flavors are we--?
Cayenne, cumin, coriander?
Cinnamon, saffron, ras-el-hanout?
Or the sweet culmination of
Our honeyed last name, El Assal?
From goats in the argan trees
To horned owls in the oaks,
We’ve savored life’s diversity
And the accented voices of family and friends
Add just the right spice.