Rapunzel Akbar


Long hair hip hop Kabul reports
Jail for lewdly selling ice cream to girls

Homeland Security is a comic book serial
Not yet a graphic novel based on a screenplay

The top of the hour is the bottom of the barrel on this Fourth of July
The news is on repeat and I feel like a fool

Minimum wages are rising across
Car bombs are multiplying across

Gas lines in the Levant
She mouthlessly pleads for fuel

The whole planet watches Jerry Springer and Maury Povich
On satellite TV and sympathizes with the Taliban

"Holiday in Cambodia" is or is not a gap-fill
Sing-along around the barrel-fire folk song


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