The Bazaar at Walled Mellah, Rabat

The Bazaar at Walled Mellah, Rabat

A Chapter by The Poetry of Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh

About this poem: This poem was inspired by a visit to the Jewish quarter in the city of Rabbat...where my father born and grew up. Their presence still linger within the walls....




The Bazaar at Walled Mellah, Rabat



in a heavy coat

          I stand against the chill of mid-March

                         black umbrella shielding

from the persistent drizzle


I make my way down

            a path of weathered white walls

                             men in front of charcoal fires

   offering roasted almonds and pistachios for pennies


entering the busy bazaar

        I recall this place   its history  

                                my people lived in Walled Mellah

for over two-thousand years                     

                  spoke Aramaic   bolted David's Shield

                                      on every entrance door  


my pulsing heart feels the stones

      fermenting in silence

     tailors   carpenters   leather makers  

               clung as a community

                               stumbled over fragmented scrolls

haunted by the Evil Eye

           their tantalizing scents

  cut through the damp air in a rhythmic cry


tonight   I will eat a solitary meal

             couscous with bare hands as I did as a child

gulp green tea with honey

               swallow embers of memory




© 2013 The Poetry of Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh

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Beautiful, a lot of imagery here, with the way you spaced the words I felt like I was slowly spiralling down. I'll have to read some more of your work.

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The Poetry of Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh
The Poetry of Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh

Norfolk, VA

Michal (Mitak) Mahgerefteh is an award-winning poet and artist from Israel, living in Virginia since 1986. She is the editor and publisher of Poetica Magazine, ( and author of .. more..