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A Poetic Apology

A Poetic Apology

By on May 3, 2015 in islamophobia

Thank you, Tim Torkildson, for putting one of my articles to poetry. Tim creates poems about trending news topics.  His bio in the New York Times can be found here: A Reporter’s Beat, and a Poet’s Muse.

Tim Torkildson is a retired circus clown who messes around with words. He is the author of Clown Notes: A Circus Memoir, and The Life & Times of Irvin Feld. Both are available through Amazon.com. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis StarTribune.  Find his blog here: I Write the Blogggs.

Tim put my article, I’m a Muslim American Mom. And I’m Sorry to poetry.  Thanks, Tim!  I love it!

I’m sorry I’m a Muslim, or a Jew, or just agnostic.

The Christian Right is wrong, though, to be treating us so caustic.

Because I follow pathways that you do not understand,

why should I be less than bona fide in my own land?

If I wear a headscarf or a yarmulke or turban

it will not affect the way I drive my old Suburban.

I go shopping, watch Netflix, and send my kids to school;

and all I ask is that you keep in mind your Golden Rule.

We can get along, no matter what our faith and creed;

as Shakespeare said “If you do prick us, do we not all bleed?”

It was your own Thoreau who said we march to diff’rent drummers;

our heartstrings are alike, but we are all just diff’rent strummers.

~Tim Torkildson


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About the Author: I'm a Writer and Muslim Activist. I'm also a Board Member of the #MyJihad Public Education Campaign. Follow my blog at yasminareality.com or follow me on Twitter: @yasmina_reality. I'm also now on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YasminaReality Peace! .

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