Mohja Kahf

(1967 / Syrian - American)

Hijab Scene 7 - Poem by Mohja Kahf

No, I'm not bald under the scarf
No, I'm not from that country
where women can't drive cars
No, I would not like to defect
I'm already American
But thank you for offering
What else do you need to know
relevant to my buying insurance,
opening a bank account,
reserving a seat on a flight?
Yes, I speak English
Yes, I carry explosives
They're called words
And if you don't get up
Off your assumptions
They're going to blow you away


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Poem Edited: Wednesday, October 1, 2014


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