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This poem is taken from PN Review 181, Volume 34 Number 5, May - June 2008.

A Lawyer's Poem Yvonne Green

Dhimmi under Sharia Law says Jew or Christian gav neza, don't speak.
Dhimmi says mekusham, be careful. Dhimmi says dar a bah, close the door.
Dhimmi says, even inside be on guard. Dhimmi's Boukharian grandchild
can teach Europe how faster to bend the knee. I forgot in your schools,
but now I am reminded. Build your house lower than a Moslem's.
Wear yellow raiment. Hang a cloth from your window to identify
your home. If you get hit or insulted by a Moslem say thank you.
Don't ride a camel or a horse but an ass or a donkey and dismount
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