Suheir Hammad – What I Will


What I Will
by 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 beak 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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One thought on “Suheir Hammad – What I Will

  1. I love this poem.
    I love your blog.
    I love the pictures.
    I love the reflexion an focus on your eternal soul.
    I don’t know who or what you were thinking of when you wrote this,
    but I know who and what i thought of when I read it.
    And I thank you.
    kat

    Like

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