Poem: Cloth Of Discrimination

25 Mar

 She dared,

to practice her religion.

In America,

the country of Freedom.

Lovingly,

wrapped in the

representative cloak.

Peace and Obedience to Allah.

Crisp white cotton pure

Veiled protection from harm.

Outside she ventured

integrating amongst

Her fellow Americans.

Suddenly, the white cloth

stripped from her head.

And pride.

Wrenched in the racist’s hands

“Go home Arab terrorist!”

Symbol of Purity,

spat and squashed in the gutter.

Like a mangled cockroach lying in filth.

Hateful eyes surround her,

No help offered.

Only stares and silent cheers.

The veil transformed,

Now a dirty rag.

Held it to her chest;

asked Allah to help her understand.

Muslim girl discriminated,

Because she dared

to practice her religion,

Islam

in America;

Her country of freedom.

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2 Responses to “Poem: Cloth Of Discrimination”

  1. Kirsten March 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    This made my heart ache for what we have become. Gorgeous poignant writing.

    • never2late2write March 28, 2012 at 7:21 am #

      Thanks Kirsten. It’s ironic that I posted this poem around the same time that an Iraqi American Muslim woman who lived around the San Diego area was threatened and beat to death because of her Muslim identity :(.

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