Vanessa Place

Never apologize, never explain.



A Muslim walks
Into a bar, and
The bartender says,
“Why the wrong place?”

I asked my Muslim
Neighbor if “Mohammed”
Was his Christian name.

I saw the headline:
“Islamic court tries
Nigerian Gays.”

I bet they secretly
Enjoyed it.

The French magazine
Is awaiting a cartoon
Backlash. My money

Is on that anvil
Springing back and

Hurling them
Into the canyon.

Laugh, and the whole,
Non-Muslim, world
Laughs with you.


Vanessa Place is CEO of VanessaPlace Inc., the world’s first poetry corporation.

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