What I Will

 ” 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.”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.”
Suheir Hammad

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