Poems of the Week

Genghis Khan’t

by Nora Jay

“China insists Genghis Khan exhibit not use words ‘Genghis Khan’”
The Guardian

The exhibition stars a man much puffed in Kazakhstan:
The bloody-minded emperor we know as                       .
At birth he clutched a blood clot just as big as a pecan,
And later had six wives, this ever-grasping                       .
This fact did not restrain him when he saw a courtesan,
In fact 500 (thereabouts) this randy                       .
Although he persecuted those who followed the Koran,
He had no pictures done of him, this awkward                       .
He introduced an alphabet, took power in Iran,
And unified the Silk Road, this pathetic                       .