A Celebration of Ramadan

We are by first glance, A family breaking fast at the table. Secondly, how bonds, the familial Type, keeps us in touching distance. While the treats on the table, The biryani for the night, chicken pieces Given a thick coat of oil And made to water the mouth, The samosas that are found in a…

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Islamophilia

The thawb and kefiyyah Of a man, with olive skin Tanned, golden, prosperous In waist, in wealth and in wives. He worships a god, just like I do He prostrates, while I kneel down, He and I, we both pray, He looks after his wives and daughters, Like his own prized treasures The way I…

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Guantanamo Bay

He wakes up Looks at a little book and recites Lines from right to left Some moments of purification For a man in a 6 by 8 room. And he summons god, A beautiful god who could make A woman modest, a man committed And love a conjugal language; And afterwards, looks back at his…

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A Muslim Woman

In bazaars of civilization A religion walks tall with the rest Where a graceful gender becomes a pillar of her family In love and the honesty of labor Where below a headscarf of modesty Is every inch a mystical woman A hurricane in her own right, that blows through The heart, without decimating the anatomy…

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Abrahamic Fogs

I floated like Aladdin To see young men rape the beauty of Palymra And desecrate the Buddha statues of Bamiyan We are a plague, us humans, that do not See another’s beauty, the tiger shark That cannot see innocence – the tender shell Of armor and the soft feet of a hatched turtle Floating to…

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