In The Midst Of A Simple ‘Hi’


I hear your ‘hi’
and start to laugh
your ‘hi’ sparks flames in my soul

I reply
and hear your laugh
two short words and we are whole

we’re sisters
and no time, no space
can make our music die

the tune of joy
that we create
in the midst of a simple ‘hi’

(Part of The Gratitude Project, poems and letters written to some of those beautiful souls who help me being me.)




the superheroes are not wearing capes

they buy you a coffee
they tell you they believe in you
they show you your world of endless opportunities
with compassion and inspiration and motivation in their eyes

and after they’ve hugged you goodbye and walked away
they turn around, wave and yell “I’ll help holding you accountable!”


quite often
that is all we need



We go on an adventure
A road trip to the west side of our city
You get your root canals filled
I go on vacation: Lebanon, Afghanistan, West Africa

I walk the streets and the world moves through me
Me and life, experiencing each other
Me and life exploring together with childlike awe


“Abdul’s Nuts”
“Mina’s Bakery – oregano, cheese, pizza.”
“No oregano after 4pm”, a sign declares inside

I love signs
I breathe in the words and let them fill me up
In these signs I am a foreigner
I read and smell and hear a far away world
Here, on the west side of our city


Your root canals are eventually full enough
I return from vacation and we continue our road trip together
Both excited
Heading west again
For a business trip to Alexandria and a cultural mini-holiday in Darlinghurst
But I don’t know that

To me, it’s you and me and life having fun
To me it’s simply Adventure