Dishonourable Discharge

fucking arabs
man / are they crazy
yeah / okay we know hasan
wz born in virginia
& american bred
bt the real truth
wz there in his blood:

& before you say racist
lemme just say
september eleven
before you jump on that
lemme throw at you
seven seven
mean anything to you
how long before we learn
to lock the fucking gates
& save our children
close the fucking borders
send the brown skins back
freeloading boaters or even
if they’re fucking born here
who cares
twelve real americans died
at last count
& he injured thirty one

they were sending him to counsel soldiers
to shoot his mother / the army
wz shipping malik to afghanistan
probably / when he couldn/t deal with this
an american born soldier became un-american

they were sending him to ease the guilt
of those who killed his sisters / the army
wz shipping him to afghanistan
& probably his objections just
didn’t go down too well

today / malik nadal hasan
dishonourably discharged himself
the army spilled american blood
bt somehow the news on cnn is
a desperate brown man
army trained / born & bred
who no longer is the slightest bit

(crossposted @

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian author and slam poet of Afro- Caribbean descent. Her short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2015 ABIA Award for Best Literary Fiction and the 2015 Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her memoir, The Hate Race, her poetry collection Carrying the World, and her first children’s book, The Patchwork Bike, will be published by Hachette in late 2016.

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  1. Great poem Maxine. This event will be great succour to the racists and Islamophobes, and there is plenty of suffering to come, I fear.

  2. Isn’t it obvious Marc? Look at his name! And he didn’t want to go to Afghanistan. Case closed. Obviously, the guy was acting on Osama Hussein’s orders.

  3. But he had no facial hair!!! That is the mark of true terrorist; the beard … maybe I should shave sometime soon … *ahem*

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