In their Afghanistan clothing drive,
The Quakers of “Friends” ask no symbols
On the donated hats,
The t-shirts, the sweaters.
No slogans or smiley faces,
Nor deer on the Norwegian cardigans.
The Moslem children are to get plain colors.
Green if possible.
Not red, white or blue.
I fold by daughter’s purple old nightgown
In a paper bag I’ll carry in next Sunday
It was never her favorite
Like the long one
With Snoopy on his doghouse
Ready to fight the Red Baron.
But perhaps some 9-year-old Afghan girl
Might dream in its flannel
Might like to dream in its soft folds.
Oh Osama girl, stay asleep in your bed.
The Red Baron snoops over Iraq instead.