Jumat, Mei 13

What I Will



Tribute to all Palestinians people
Resistance to the Israeli war machine and occupation of Palestine


Suheir Hammad

I will not dance to your war drum.
 I will not lend my soul nor
my bones to your war drum.
 I will not dance to your beating.
 I know that beat.
It is lifeless.
 I know intimately that skin you are hitting.
 It was alive once
hunted, stolen
stretched.
 I will not dance to your drummed up war.
 I will not pop spin break for you. 
I will not hate for you or even hate you.
 I will not kill for you. 
Especially
I will not die for you.
 I will not mourn
the dead with murder nor
suicide. 
I will not side
with you nor dance to bombs
because everyone else is dancing.
 Everyone can be wrong.
 Life is a right not collateral or casual.
 I will not forget where I come from.
 I will craft my own drum. 
Gather my beloved
near and our chanting
will be dancing.
 Our humming will be drumming.
 I will not be played. 
I will not lend my name
nor my rhythm to your beat. 
I will dance
and resist and dance and
persist and dance. 
This heartbeat is louder than death. 
Your war drum ain’t
louder than this breath.


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