Palestinian youth tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news

Palestinian youth tell the human stories behind the numbers in the news

My blood is no better

Basman Derawi | 04-07-2018

To the Israeli soldiers who rule my life:

The green stick* hangs limp,
searching for water and hope.
I thought water was free,
but he forces me to pay.

His gun shines under the sun.
aiming at our amputated lives,
where we live as if in a cage.
He targets cameras and white coats.

A flash and concussion awaken me.
I hide childlike under my blanket,
knowing I must stand up,
take risks to seize my freedom.

He closes all the gates.
speaking only fire and blood.
How am I supposed to answer?
My blood is no better than his.

 

*A "divining rod" is used to detect underground water. The tradition (superstition, of course) is that a limp, motionless stick means there is no water. If water is found, then the tip twitches and dips. 

Posted: July 3, 2018

Mentor: Kevin Hadduck


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