Trip to Allah Land



Memoriam to the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center Catastrophe:

A trip to Allah Land
 is never easy as it sounds
 first you need an enemy

then it helps to have a plane

Camels are too slow these days
 and nights of Uncle Sam where
 enemies abundantly are found

¯In ant hive rush hours

outside a billowing tent
 in stone-age deserts
 (blasting Buddhas
 too with booming
 cannons)
no radio allowed while
 they practice for their
 trip to Allah Land

Low tech is still the answer though
 no scimitars no “La-la-la-la-la!”
 across the dunes no oily
towels around the face no
 bleating camels but

in a rented car a book

open to a page that says
 “How to Fly an Airplane”
 from here to Allah Land

© 2001 by Ed Wickliffe
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Submitted on May 01, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme A BCA D XEX X XXCXXXEB FXAFX X XDB X
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 699
Words 131
Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 1, 3, 1, 3, 1, 8, 5, 1, 3, 1

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