November 10, 2013

What I Will

Clothing by Florian Wowretzko
Photo by Brent Chua NY

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
I will not dance to your drummed up war.
I will not
break for you.
I will not hate for you or even hate you.
I will not kill for you.
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
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

- Suheir Hammad, Poems of War, Peace, Women and Power

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