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"What I Will", by Suheir Hammad

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

Suheir Hammad shares this piece "What I will". Resistance to the Israeli war machine and occupation of Palestine

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Video Language:
English
Duration:
01:31
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Radical Access Mapping Project edited English subtitles for "What I Will", by Suheir Hammad

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