Sanguine

From the June/July 2017 Print Edition

Requiescat in pace, Father Jacques HamelMartyred at the church of St. Étienne,Named for the first martyr.  Before Pure Will he bows so reverently,His captive mind conformed to prison sheikh Electric monitor around his wristCan’t leash the lust of teenage liberté. Straps faux explosives, . . . . Continue Reading »

Gehenna

From the June/July 2016 Print Edition

Where Moloch relished children sacrificedOutside Jerusalem, where worms won’t die.Am I a fool to claim the cursed valeHas migrated from Israel to Mosul?A pack of cigarettes for toothless girls,For little women—Kafir, Nasrani.From nine to twelve years old they fetch a priceOf two dollars in cash . . . . Continue Reading »