DAY ONE HUNDRED AND ONE – Daljit Nagra

new boots and pantisocracies

Ghazal

is the Human Rights Act in the desert Inshallah
are Freedom of Speech and Equal Ops
curlews in the crazy desert Inshallah

repetition of treasures in the Congo
repetition of bobble heads across poppy valleys

does the Kaaba glow on the road to Raqqa Inshallah
what swollen pass must these sandals tread
for the scar of Jerusalem Inshallah

repetition of warriors on the Screen of Thrills repetition
where I’m swung in love with a gun aboard my back

who has taken my house and eats my bread Inshallah
who takes the pen from the head so its flesh
harden to a vessel of God in muezzin cry Inshallah

repetition of robots in the sky repetition of babies blown
like dolls in a market repetition of fresh torn martyrs

why are my daughters in the desert O Inshallah
for the theft of the word where one man’s Allah
is beheaded…

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