I Say Nothin’

I’m sippin’ cola from my almost empty can Mommy and I shared it at first But then she said I could finish it. It is hot inside the bus but we cannot get off Not yet…. We must reach the good place Where no one will shoot us for not putting Our “hans’up” fast enough–…

The Leftist’s Guide to Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism is a disgusting disease that has existed for thousands of years. This hatred against the Jewish people is entirely irrational and yet it rears its ugly head every century in a different form. And every single time, it has lead to expulsions, massacres, dispossession, and even genocide. One would think that 73 years after…

Umbrella

The worn blue canvas fades to a shimmering grey, As the first flurries of snow fall upon my old, faithful umbrella. I remember walking to school under it, sparring with Delhi’s tropical monsoon. A child’s adult treasure, Practical yet playful; my umbrella was a masterful actor. The king of make-believe Of battles and treasure hunts,…

Fatemah’s Hummus

I am munching on carrot sticks and celery with some bleu cheese dressing. This is not my usual style but sometimes, it is my only option. I make a face at the sharp taste of the off-white dressing, wondering if there was anything else in the fridge that would make my official diet snack more…

A Letter to My Ghost Mother

Dear Mother, I am writing this to you with a heavy heart. I am filled with anger and forgive me for saying this, but I don’t know if I love you any more. In fact, in this moment, I feel hatred for you. But I also wonder if this white hot rage in my bones…

Lost in the Shoah

What is death? A last memory in the throes of fevered nightmares Stiff and twisted bodies tumbling out of a cattle car Hungry lips torn away from a mother’s bosom too soon Two sips of water not given after a day’s hard labor The stench of unwashed nakedness in the snow And charcoal-scented Dial bars…

Why I Didn’t Celebrate International Women’s Day

The people who know me are well aware of my strong opinions. I am unabashedly critical of people in power, people around me, all ideologies and religions, and even some of the things that are considered politically correct these days. Respect Everyone. Worship No One. I live by this principle. I also identify as a…

Why Wonder Woman Should Have Won An Oscar

“I used to want to save the world. To end war and bring peace to mankind. But then, I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learned that inside every one of them, there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves – something no hero will ever defeat. I’ve…

Real Women

Real women are fat Real women are thin Real women are also Somewhere in between.   Real women are curvy Real women are sharp Real women are arrow-stiff They’re a walking work of art.   Real women cross their legs Real women spread them wide Real women may not have legs And that’s perfectly fine….

Syria Beyond Facebook

Normally, I write long pieces to make a point. But sometimes, images say far more than anything I could ever write. The civil war in Syria is continuing to rage on. My Facebook feed is full of images of frightened children and their equally frightened parents. In some cases, we don’t know where the parents…

Seventeen Vacant Desks

Daddy, don’t be mad, I can’t make it to football practice today, I’m under my desk, hiding, I’m staying quiet and trying to pray.   Brad’s lying a few feet away, I can’t tell what’s wrong, There’s so much blood on his face, I’m scared but I’m being strong.   Miss Tracy is trying to…