Issue 217, Summer 2016
al-Baghdadi picks his teeth with an archaic toothbrush.
Salvadora persica from Babylon,
a twig twisted green from the mustard tree.
Anything twisted green from its stem involves malice.
Among the Hadith, Mohammad is said
to have said, “Verily when you pray,
an angel places his mouth on yours
and anything coming out of your mouth
enters the mouth of the angel.”
What in the world cost us sweetness?
“I know it may be shirk but sometimes I do miss Starbucks,”
tweets Green Bird of Dabiq,
an isis wife who also instagrams
a photo of her picnic lunch.