Asif, On Twitter
By Waseel Budecir

The Pakistani Defense Minister has tweeted back,
and threatened Israel with its own nuclear attack.
The problem is his harsh response comes from fake news he read
that linked his country’s role in Syria to crush Daesh.
Asif, on Twitter, wrote that Pakistan possesses nukes;
he had been taken in by some satiric, flaky flukes.
AWD news reported Clinton staged a military coup;
but what is odd to someone else could somewhere else be true.
And so the Pakistani Minister got caught up in
a lie that wasn’t all that hard to cause him some chagrin.

Waseel Budecir is a poet of the land of the pure, Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir, Sindh, and Baluchistan, i.e., Pakistan.


Fake News 
By Caud Sewer Bile

Fake news is rather difficult to say just what it is.
What’s fake to listeners could be what’s true to someone else.
And no news outlet can be free from slanting what they find,
and crafting articles that seem to fit their point of blind.
Fake news is rather like the news that someone else describes,
and doesn’t fit within the mindset of one’s local tribes;
for it is very hard to write about reality;
and truth is very hard to get from one’s locality.
All news is rather odd that way in that what one receives
can only matter to someone if it’s what one believes.

Caud Sewer Bile is a poet enthralled by journalism, and all its many colours—red, and yellow, black and white.


In the Final Act
by Cawb Edius Reel

Just one day after famous daughter Carrie Fisher died,
her mother Debbie Reynolds also passed away in stride.
Perhaps it was too onerous for her to take the loss;
to lose one’s child before one dies is a hard road to cross.
Unsinkable, though Molly Brown upon the screen could be,
when lovely Princess Leia left, the force left presently;
and Tammy list’ning to the whisp’ring cottonwoods above,
perhaps was overwhelmed by all the hardships borne of love.
A heart attack, and then a stroke, no singing in the rain,
oh, help me, Obi Wan Kenobi, there is only pain.

Cawb Edius Reel is a film and photography buff, who loves to watch movies and look at pictures. His favorite film director is Alfred Hitchcock, during his late British and early American periods—from the mid-1930s to the late 1950s.