Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and maybe Hartford Park

by Kasandra Larsen

The man more than half of us can’t believe
is calling himself the President

doesn’t want Muslims to come. He says
National Security, 
Threat 

even though no bombs
have hit us from these places. He says

Yet. 
The way some people say Bad Neighborhood 
when you tell them you’re searching

for a house, and they’re trying
to say Brown people live there, lots of them, who speak

Other languages. The way
they tell you it’s near the Projects because they sense
that poor might have a tendency

to rub off. And it does, they’re right
about that, poverty

begets more, one mean thought
connects itself to the next until
it’s someone’s fault for all these shootings and no

jobs, these women
wearing headscarves

easy targets when they don’t look
anything like you.
Their men bleed too.

 

Kasandra Larsen

Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and maybe Hartford Park by Kasandra Larsen first appeared in Bare Fiction Magazine Issue 10 (November 2017).