Jerusalem, Israel has festivals:
and in February, שאון חורף or the Winter Noise festival.
It happens on four Mondays nights in February,
each time in a different location, and it lasts
until the wee hours of the morning.
This year the final event was on Azza Street.
Along the 20 stops of the route
there were hula hoops,
a man selling hats next to a fire juggler,
and these ‘what-ever they are’ characters.
Lectures were in the pizza shop,
and in the drug store too.
Each venue had people lined up to get inside.
The book store was open and people inside.
There was classical music
with Capoeira across the road,
and more musicians down the way.
Around the corner on Ben Maimon Street
was a stage for entertainment until almost dawn.
Singer Zion Golan had a stage and crowd in the small Azza Park,
and the #9 bus had trouble getting by the crowd
that was listening to piyutim on the corner of Metudela.
People were drinking, eating,
enjoying, and just strolling,
next to buildings illuminated
with colorful lights.
I heard someone talking about the “Magic Carpet”
and I thought I had missed something.
Cute photo I thought, but what are they doing?
What selfie was he taking?
Only when I got home and saw all the photos
did I realize that the man sitting on ground
in front of the green background screen
was the same man whose image was projected
on the wall across the street, flying on the magic carpet.
Never know what you will find on
or flying over the Jerusalem, Israel streets.