Khadija Anderson returned in 2008 to her native Los Angeles after 18 years exile
We dressed like Muslims
scarves and black abayas
no makeup yet under our hijabs
we were deliberate and pious
and remained chaste
we moved slowly
our husbands were enigmas
through a curtain
grateful for food, children
we were God conscious and
we lived in our safe world
holding our breath
Abaya - long traditional over-dress
The cottonwood I lived in as a child was
A row of eucalyptus trees along Baseline Road
A magnolia in the front yard
A lone oak on the top of the hill
How to End War
Close bases all over the world. Turn them all
Invite people you love and those you don't know well
Decorate your house with sparkly lights and candles.
Make a mix tape of all your favorite music infused liberally
with Dance music.
Remove the word Military from the dictionary.
"We dressed like Muslims" and "How to End War"appear in the book, History of Butoh published in 2012 by Writ Large Press.
© 2013 Khadija Anderson
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